Queens libero Conner Nagaki days after setting a program record is now receiving the first award of his college career.
Off the Block announced Monday that Nagaki was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.
Nagaki set a single-match record for the first-year program with 19 digs as Queens almost upset North Greenville before losing in five games on Friday. The freshman also added four digs in a sweep against Bluefield College on Thursday.
This is the second time this season the Royals had a player earn Independent Teams Player of the Week honors. Middle attacker Aleksandar Perisic was the inaugural recipient of the new college men’s volleyball award in February.
The Independent Teams Player of the Week recognizes the best player during the week from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation. The four independent teams this season are Alderson Broaddus, Coker, Lincoln Memorial and Queens.
Off the Block determines the Independent Teams Player of the Week based on a variety of factors, including a player’s individual performance and how a player’s team fared during the week.
The winner of the Independent Teams Player of the Week is unveiled every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.
Off the Block is a national award winning website that started in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.