Six players based on your votes have an opportunity to win a college men’s volleyball national award for their outstanding performances in February.
Sacred Heart libero Josh Ayzenberg, Erskine libero Bryan Cardozo, Stanford outside attacker Jordan Ewert, Hawai’i setter Jennings Franciskovic, Alderson Broaddus middle attacker Myles Miller and Hawai’i opposite Stij van Tilburg all advanced to the championship round of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month.
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. In addition, it gives volleyball fans from around the world the chance to determine who was the best player through online voting on the Off the Block website.
The National Player of the Month is a two-round event with the opening round consisting of finalists being placed into one of five ballots based on their position. The five winners on the position ballots advanced to the championship round, along with the runner-up who received the most votes.
Cardozo, Ewert, Franciskovic, Miller and van Tilburg all won their opening-round ballots to reach the finals, while Ayzenberg received the most votes among the runner-ups on all the ballots.
Online voting for the championship round is underway, and the polls will close at 11:59 p.m. (EST). The individual receiving the most votes will be the National Player of the Month for February.
While there are several weekly awards in college men’s volleyball, this is the only monthly national award presented in the sport. It is also one of the two nationally awards determined solely by the fans.
Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the National Player of the Month and the Fan Choice National Player of the Year at the end of the season. 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.
Check out the finalists below for the National Player of the Month in February. Individuals can vote using at the poll below or by visiting offtheblockblog.com/playerofmonth.
Josh Ayzenberg, Sacred Heart — Ayzenberg had double-digit digs five times in February, including a match-high 22 digs in an upset victory against No. 15 Penn State on Feb. 18.
Bryan Cardozo, Erskine — Cardozo had double-digit digs in every match this month, highlighted by a season-high 15 digs in a sweep against Belmont Abbey on Feb. 23.
Jordan Ewert, Stanford — Ewert had double-digit kills in six matches, including a match-high 22 kills on a .439 attack percentage in an upset victory against No. 6/6 UCLA on Feb. 9. He also had at least five digs in five February matches.
Jennings Franciskovic, Hawai’i — Franciskovic helped the Hawai’i offense hit more than .300 in all but one match he played in this month as the Rainbow Warriors went undefeated in February.
Myles Miller, Alderson Broaddus — Miller had at least five blocks in five matches during February, including a season-high 11 blocks in a win against Charleston on Feb. 14. He also hit at least .400 three times and had a season-high 10 kills versus Coker on Feb. 11.
Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i — van Tilburg had at least 15 kills in five matches and hit at least .300 all but one match this month, including having 15 kills on a season-best .737 attack percentage in a sweep of No. 10/10 Pepperdine on Friday.