IPFW’s Sellan, BSU’s Witmer named Co-MVP of East vs. Midwest Challenge

An IPFW all-conference player and a four-year starter for Ball State will share the top individual honor at the inaugural Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge.

Off the Block announced Saturday night that IPFW opposite Andrew Sellan and Ball State outside attacker Shane Witmer were selected as the Co-Most Valuable Player at the East vs. Midwest Challenge.


Both No. 13 IPFW (3-2, 0-0 MIVA) and Ball State (3-0, 0-0 MIVA) finished the non-conference event undefeated with victories against No. 10 Penn State and St. Francis during the weekend.

Sellan led the Mastodons in kills during both their tournament matches, including having a team-high 19 kills in a four-game home victory against the Nittany Lions on Saturday. The junior also 13 kills with zero attack errors and a .813 attack percentage as IPFW swept St. Francis.

Witmer had 17 kills and five blocks to help Ball State rally from a two-game deficit and upset Penn State in five games on Friday. In addition, Witmer had a match-high 10 kills with no attack errors and a .714 attack percentage in a four-game victory against St. Francis on Saturday.

The East vs. Midwest Challenge was created by Off the Block in an effort to celebrate the EIVA and MIVA. As the two oldest active college men’s volleyball conferences, both the EIVA and MIVA have been significant in growing the sport of volleyball throughout the nation while producing numerous All-Americans, NCAA championships and future Olympians.

The two-day event is also the largest multi-site non-conference tournament in college men’s volleyball this season.