BYU’s Fernandez named Springbak/OTB National Freshman of Conference Postseason

Photo courtesy of BYU athletics.

Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez after helping lead BYU to a MPSF championship is the recipient of a college men’s volleyball postseason national award.

Off the Block announced Monday that Fernandez was selected as the Springbak/Off the Block National Freshman of the Conference Postseason.

The National Freshman of the Conference Postseason recognizes the best individual performance from a freshman in a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conference tournament. There were six conference tournaments this postseason — Big West, ConfCarolinas EIVA, IVA, MIVA and MPSF.

Fernandez had 12 kills and a team-high two aces, while defensively adding seven digs and four blocks as BYU beat UCLA in the MPSF Tournament finals on Saturday to clinch a NCAA Tournament berth. The opposite also finished with a match-high 12 kills on a .556 attack percentage and three aces in sweep against USC in the conference tournament semifinals on Thursday.

This is the third time this season that Fernandez has received a national freshman award. The 2018 MPSF Freshman of the Year during the regular season was a two-time recipient of the Springbak/Off the Block National Freshman of the Week.

Off the Block is a website that started in January 2011 and has become the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.

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