Add a national award to the list of offseason achievements for Loyola All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk.
Jendryk after spending the summer playing with the U.S. Men’s National Team in multiple international tournaments was selected as the 2017 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Year.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Offseason recognizes the best individual performance from current NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the offseason at international tournaments and beach volleyball events. Off the Block selected the 10 finalists for the national award, and then fans from around the world determined who was the best player though online voting on the Off the Block website.
Jendryk making his FIVB World League debut finished with a .621 attack percentage and helped the United States reach the Group 1 Finals. The All-American incoming senior had at least five kills in six World League matches, including a tournament-high 10 kills in a loss to France during the finals round.
Along with his World League experience, Jendryk was the youngest player on the U.S. roster for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and contributed 10 kills on a .769 attack percentage in a five-game loss to Iran. He also competed with the United States at the Pan American Cup and finished among the tournament’s leaders with both 31 kills and 10 blocks.
Jendryk received 1,124 votes for the National Player of the Offseason — seven more votes than the runner-up Long Beach State opposite Kyle Ensing.
Both Jendryk and Ensing received 30 percent of the total vote. The two All-Americans were the only finalists to receive more than 15 percent of the 3,718 votes cast for this national award.
The National Player of the Offseason was created by Off the Block and is the only offseason award presented in college men’s volleyball.
Off the Block is a national award winning college men’s volleyball website that launched in 2011 and has become the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. The media organization presents a variety of college men’s volleyball national awards throughout the year.
Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the National Player of the Offseason. 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.