A new college men’s volleyball national award will be introduced next season recognizing the top outside attacker.
Off the Block announced Wednesday that starting in 2015 it will present the National Outside Attacker of the Year award to the best NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball outside attacker during the regular season.
The National Outside Attacker of the Year will be the second position-based in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block last season presented the inaugural Lloy Ball Award, which is given to the nation’s top setter in NCAA Division I-II.
Several volleyball organizations give out national end-of-year awards each season ranging from All-American Teams to the National Player of the Year. However, Off the Block is the only organization to present national award for specific positions.
Similar to the Lloy Ball Award, the National Outside Attacker of the Year will be renamed after a former standout outside attacker in college men’s volleyball history. The naming of these position-based national awards after former players was started in an effort to honor and tie-in the history of NCAA volleyball.
Off the Block during the off-season consulted with prominent members of the volleyball community to determine what former outside attacker in the sport’s history is most deserving to have this award named after him. In addition, Off the Block intends to release who the National Outside Attacker of the Year will be named after in the upcoming weeks.
A nationwide voting committee of coaches and media members will vote on the inaugural National Outside Attacker of the Year towards the end of the 2015 regular season.
The top-three vote-getters will be named finalists, while the players earning the most votes will be the winner of the National Outside Attacker of the Year.
Off the Block is a national award winning website that in recent years has become among the national leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.