BYU outside Sander named National Freshman of Week

A freshman is earning the first national award of his college career after helping No. 6 BYU upset No. 1 Hawai’i on back-to-back nights.

Off the Block announced Monday that BYU outside attacker Brenden Sander was selected as the Off the Block National Freshman of the Week.


Sander finished with a combined 30 kills in a two-match series sweep against Hawai’i, including having a team-high 14 kills on a .423 attack percentage in the four-game series opener on Friday. He also led the Cougars with 10 digs as BYU defeated Hawai’i in five games on Saturday.

This is the first time in the two-year history of the award that a BYU player has been named the National Freshman of the Week.

The Off the Block National Freshman of the Week is presented each week during the regular season to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshman who had the most outstanding performance. The winner is announced every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

Each of the four NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conferences have an opportunity each week to nominate one player for the National Freshman of the Week. In addition, fans and teams can nominate a player for the National Freshman of the Week by tweeting their nominee to the official Twitter account of Off the Block, @offtheblock11.

Off the Block is a website that started in January 2011 and has become among the national leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.

2 Replies to “BYU outside Sander named National Freshman of Week”

  1. It discredits the All Freshman Team that this guy isn’t on it or even an Honorable Mention. He’s been as good or better than most freshmen this year.

    1. Luke, great to see your passion. One thing to remember with the end-of-season awards we present is the winners are decided by a nationwide voting committee of coaches and media members.

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