Coker opposite Cabral wins OTB/Springbak National Player of Month

The 2015 Fan Choice National Player of the Year once again rallied enough support to win another national award.

Coker opposite Artur Cabral received 2,746 of almost 9,500 online votes cast to win the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month for February.


The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the month and gives fans from around the world the chance to determine who was the best player through online voting. It is also the only college men’s volleyball national monthly award.

Cabral had double-digit kills in five of Coker’s six February matches. He also had multiple aces in a match three times during the month, including a season-high seven aces in a victory against North Greenville on Saturday.

Cabral beat-out second-place Barton setter Federico Pagliara setter by 201 votes to earn the national award. Pagliara lead the race entering the final day of the three-day voting period before Cabral surged ahead.

Both Cabral and Pagliara received a combined 55.8 percent of the total vote among the 28 finalists for the National Player of the Month.

Sacred Heart outside attacker Austin Arcala finished in third place receiving 702 votes. In addition, Mount Olive outside attacker Peyton Schirman and North Greenville middle attacker Luuga Valiu’u each earned more than 500 votes to round-out the top five.

The National Player of the Month is one of two awards solely determined by the fans. Similar to the monthly award, the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice National Player of the Year is an annual event at the end of the season with fans deciding the winner of this 64-player bracket-style tournament through online voting.

Cabral for winning the National Player of the Month will receive an automatic berth to the Fan Choice National Player of the Year Tournament. The opposite last year won the Fan Choice National Player of the Year and has a chance to become the first repeat winner of the contest.

Off the Block was founded in 2011 and has emerged as one of the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the National Player of the Month and the Fan Choice National Player of the Year. Springbak, Inc. produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.