The fan support and following for Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek is alive and very well.
Wieczorek, the 2016 Fan Choice Player of the Year, received 2,098 of the more than 7,000 online votes cast to win the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month for January.
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.
Wieczorek led No. 9/10 Pepperdine and ended the month among the national leaders with a 3.75 kills per game average, including having a season-high 26 kills in a road loss to No. 8/7 Lewis on Jan. 14. He also had 17 kills and a season-high four aces in a five-game win veers USC on Saturday to keep Pepperdine in the top five of the MPSF standings.
Wieczorek rallied in the final day of the three-day online voting process to beat second-place Lindenwood middle attacker Sam Schindler by 301 votes.
Mount Olive opposite Robert Poole, CSUN outside attacker Dimitar Kalchev and McKendree opposite Maalik Walker finished in the top five of the 32 finalists selected for this national award.
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.
Wieczorek as a National Player of the Month winner will receive an automatic berth to the Fan Choice National Player of the Year Tournament.
Off the Block was founded in 2011 and is 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.