Off the Block, Molten unveil National Position Player of Week Awards

Five college men’s volleyball players have earned national awards for being the best at their position.

Off the Block announced Monday afternoon that BYU’s Leo Durkin, Ohio State’s Maxime Hervoir, Harvard’s Chase Howard, Princeton’s George Huhmann and North Greenville’s Matthew McManaway were selected for the Off the Block/Molten National Position Player of the Week Awards.

The National Position Player of the Week Awards recognize the libero, middle attacker, opposite, outside attacker and setter who had the best performances in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the week.

The Off the Block staff determines each award recipient. In addition, the winners are announced every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

While there are other weekly national awards in college men’s volleyball, these are the only position-based weekly awards. Off the Block at the end of the season also presents the Lloy Ball Award to the nation’s top setter, Bryan Ivie Award to the nation’s top opposite, the Karch Kiraly Award to the nation’s top outside attacker, the Ryan Millar Award to the nation’s top middle attacker and the Erik Shoji Award to the nation’s top libero.

Molten is the official volleyball supplier of the NCAA and is the 2018 sponsor of the National Position Player of the Week Awards.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that launched in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.

National Position Player of the Week Awards

Off the Block/Molten National Setter of the Week: Leo Durkin, BYU
Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: George Huhmann, Princeton
Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: Maxime Hervoir, Ohio State
Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Matthew McManaway, North Greenville
Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Chase Howard, Harvard

Off the Block/Molten National Setter of the Week: Leo Durkin, BYU
Durkin had 37 assists and guided the offense to a .318 attack percentage as No. 5/5 BYU swept No. 3/3 UCLA on Saturday to expand its first-place lead in the MPSF standings. He also had a season-high 56 assists to help BYU hit .355 and contributed six blocks in a five-game comeback victory against No. 8/7 Pepperdine on Thursday

Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: George Huhmann, Princeton
Huhmann led all players with a career-high 24 kills on a .667 attack percentage and added a season-high nine blocks in a five-game upset victory against No. 10/10 Penn State on Saturday. The opposite and middle attacker hybrid also had both a team-high 14 kills and eight blocks in a four-game victory against St. Francis on Friday.

Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: Maxime Hervoir, Ohio State
Hervoir had a combined 34 kills on a .528 attack percentage in a two-match conference series sweep against McKendree, including having a season-high 20 kills in the series opener on Friday. In addition, Hervoir in that four-game series-opening win contributed three aces and 10 digs.

Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Matthew McManaway, North Greenville
McManaway finished with both a match-high 12 kills on a .304 attack percentage and nine blocks in a five-game conference victory against Erskine on Wednesday. He also had 11 kills while hitting .471 as North Greenville swept Coker on Saturday.

Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Chase Howard, Harvard
Howard had a combined 22 digs in a two-match conference series sweep against Charleston during the weekend. The libero in the series opener had match-high 13 digs, and it was the seventh time this season that he ended a match with double-digit digs.