Finalists announced for 2018 college men’s volleyball national awards

A nationwide voting committee has selected the finalists for some of the most prestigious national awards in college men’s volleyball.

Off the Block announced on Friday morning the finalists for the Lloy Ball Award, Bryan Ivie Award, Karch Kiraly Award, Erik Shoji Award, Ryan Millar Award, International Player of the Year, Division II National Player of the Year, the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year and the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Naitonal Server of the Year.

The voting committee for these nine awards was comprised of about 25 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball media members from around the nation.

For each national awards, the top three vote-getters were named finalists. The overall winner and total voting results for each award will be announced on the Off the Block website throughout next week and leading up to the start of the VolleyFour on May 3.

Off the Block is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. In addition, the college men’s volleyball website has annually presented national awards to recognize outstanding individual performances during the college men’s volleyball season.

Check out below the finalists for this year’s college men’s volleyball national awards and more information about each award.

Lloy Ball Award

The Lloy Ball Award is given to the nation’s best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Fort Wayne All-American setter Lloy Ball and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 LLOY BALL AWARD FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Sanil Thomas, Ohio State
Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State

Award winner announcement: Monday, April 23

Previous award winners: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Bryan Ivie Award

The Bryan Ivie Award is given to the nation’s best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympian and USC All-American opposite Bryan Ivie and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 BRYAN IVIE AWARD FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State
Arvis Greene, CSUN
Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego

Award winner announcement: Tuesday, April 24

Previous award winners: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Karch Kiraly Award

The Karch Kiraly Award is given to the nation’s best outside attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and UCLA All-American outside attacker and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 KARCH KIRALY AWARD FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State
David Wieczorek, Pepperdine

Award winner announcement: Wednesday, April 25

Previous award winners: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Erik Shoji Award

The Erik Shoji Award is given to the nation’s best libero in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the current U.S. starting libero and former Stanford All-American libero Erik Shoji and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 ERIK SHOJI AWARD FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Johnny Gomez, George Mason
Larry Tuileta, Hawai’i
Jacob Weiser, Concordia-Irvine

Award winner announcement: Friday, April 27

Previous award winners: 2016 | 2017

Ryan Millar Award

The Ryan Millar Award is given to the nation’s best middle attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after former BYU All-American and U.S. Olympian Ryan Millar and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 RYAN MILLAR AWARD FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Jeff Jendryk, Loyola
Scott Stadick, UC Irvine

Award winner announcement: Thursday, April 26

Previous award winners: 2016 | 2017

Division II National Player of the Year

The Division II National Player of the Year is awarded to the nation’s best player on a NCAA Division II men’s volleyball team during the regular season. A nationwide voting committee of coaches and media members select the winner of the award.

2018 DIVISION II NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Ryan Coenen, Lewis
Angelos Mandilaris, Barton
Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego

Award winner announcement: Tuesday, April 24

Previous award winners: 2017

International Player of the Year

The International Player of the Year is presented to the best non-U.S. born player in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The award is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Daenan Gyimah, UCLA (Canada)
Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State (France)
Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i (The Netherlands)

Award winner announcement: Wednesday, April 25

Previous award winners: 2017

Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season. This was the first national award organized by Off the Block and each year is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. NATIONAL BLOCKER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
Matt Walsh, Ball State

Award winner announcement: Monday, April 23

Previous award winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. The annual award is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.

2018 OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. NATIONAL SERVER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
(listed alphabetically)
Jalen Penrose, Penn State
Robert Poole, Mount Olive
Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State
David Wieczorek, Pepperdine

Award winner announcement: Thursday, April 26

Previous award winners: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017