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.

CSUN’s Arvis Greene, Long Beach State’s Jordan Molina, UC Irvine’s Scott Stadick, Ohio State’s Nicolas Szerszen and Loyola’s Garrett Zolg 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: Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: Arvis Greene, CSUN
Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State
Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Jordan Molina, Long Beach State

Off the Block/Molten National Setter of the Week: Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Zolg had 43 assists and guided the offense to a .432 attack percentage as No. 6/6 Loyola swept its in-state rival No. 8/9 Lewis on Saturday. In addition, Zolg added five digs and two blocks in the victory that kept the Ramblers in sole possession of first place in the MIVA.

Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: Arvis Greene, CSUN
Greene led No. 10 CSUN with a combined 32 kills in a two-match series sweep against No. 3/3 Hawai’i, including having a match-high 18 kills while hitting .438 in the series-opening sweep. He also had a season-high five blocks in the three-game victory to concluded the Big West series on Saturday.

Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State
Szerszen led all players with a season-high 22 kills while hitting .600 and had three aces as No. 9/7 Ohio State beat Penn State in five games on Friday. The All-American also had a match-high 14 kills and zero attack errors on a .519 attack percentage along with contributing eight blocks in a sweep against St. Francis on Saturday.

Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
Stadick had a season-high 14 kills on a .545 attack percentage and added five blocks in a five-game victory against UC San Diego on Saturday to complete the two-match series sweep. He also led all players with a season-high 10 blocks in a non-conference sweep against George Mason on Monday.

Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Jordan Molina, Long Beach State
Molina led all players with 23 digs in a two-match series sweep versus No. 12 UC Santa Barbara last week, including a season-high 12 digs in the series finale four-game victory on Saturday. In addition, Molina has double-digit digs in four matches against nationally ranked teams this season as Long Beach State remains the only undefeated team in the nation.