A college men’s volleyball award will debut in the 2016 season recognizing the nation’s top middle attacker.
Off the Block announced Friday that it will present the inaugural National Middle Attacker of the Year award to the best NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball middle attacker during the upcoming regular season.
The National Middle Attacker of the Year Award will be the first national position-based award in college men’s volleyball history specifically for a middle attacker.
This will be the fifth position-based in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block also annually presents the Lloy Ball Award for the nation’s top setter, the Bryan Ivie Award for the nation’s top opposite, the Karch Kiraly Award for the nation’s top outside attacker and the Erik Shoji Award for the nation’s top libero.
Similar to these four other position-based national awards, the National Middle Attacker of the Year will be renamed in the upcoming weeks after a former standout middle 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.
Several volleyball organizations present end-of-season awards ranging from All-American Teams to the National Player of the Year. However, Off the Block is the first volleyball organization to present national awards based on a specific position.
The National Middle Attacker of the Year winner will be determined at the end of the regular season by a nationwide voting committee comprised of coaches and media members.
Off the Block launched in 2011 and in recent years has emerged among the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.