An All-American who led his team in offensive and defensive categories will earn one more national accolade to end a championship season.
Off the Block announced Friday that a nationwide voting committee selected SUNY New Paltz middle attacker Steven Woessner as the inaugural recipient of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division III National Middle Attacker of the Year.
Woessner ended the season second in the nation with a .520 attack percentage and had double-digit kills in 11 matches, including 10 kills in a four-game victory against Springfield in the NCAA Tournament finals. The junior also had a team-high 82 blocks to help SUNY New Paltz win its first national championship in program history.
Woessner received seven first-place votes and beat the runner-up Kean middle attacker Tommy Rosario by four points in the voting to win the National Middle Attacker of the Year. In addition, SUNY New Paltz middle attacker Christopher Hussman finished in third place with 10 points — 11 fewer points than his teammate Woessner.
A nationwide voting committee comprised of Division III head coaches determined the winner of this national award. In addition, the top-three vote-getters were named finalists.
Along with the National Middle Attacker of the Year award, Off the Block will present four more inaugural Division III awards this year — the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Setter of the Year, the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Outside Attacker of the Year, the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Opposite of the Year and the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Libero of the Year.
While several other volleyball organizations present Division III national honors, these will be the first national position-based awards in the history of Division III men’s volleyball. Off the Block also has presented similar position-based national awards for Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the last three seasons.
Off the Block is a college men’s volleyball website that launched in 2011 and is among the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor the new Division III national awards and 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.
OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. DIVISION III NATIONAL MIDDLE ATTACKER OF YEAR VOTING RESULTS
1. Steven Woessner, SUNY New Paltz — 21 (7) points
2. Tommy Rosario, Kean — 17 (5) points
3. Christopher Hussman, SUNY New Paltz — 10 (3) points
4. Matthew Knigge, Vassar — 7 points
5. J.P. Tulacka, Carthage — 4 points
6. Nate Ellis, Stevenson — 2 points
7. Alex Pots, Wentowrth — 2 points