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.

Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco, CSUN’s Emmett Enriques, Stanford’s Jaylen Jasper, Harvard’s Riley Moore and Ohio State’s Sanil Thomas 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: Sanil Thomas, Ohio State
Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Riley Moore, Harvard
Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Emmett Enriques, CSUN

Off the Block/Molten National Setter of the Week: Sanil Thomas, Ohio State
Thomas had a season-high 60 assists and guided the offense to a .353 attack percentage as No. 9/7 Ohio State defeated No. 6/5 Loyola in four games on Thursday to move into a tie for first place in the MIVA. The setter also had a team-high eight digs and helped Ohio State hit .417 in a sweep against No. 10/9 Lewis on Saturday.

Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Jasper led all players with both a season-high 27 kills on a .409 attack percentage and four aces as Stanford defeated No. 13 Grand Canyon in five games on Thursday. The opposite also had 19 kills on a .317 attack percentage and a match-high four aces in a four-game victory against No. 14 Concordia-Irvine on Saturday.

Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Week: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
DeFalco led all players with a combined 41 kills on a .337 attack percentage in a two-match conference series sweep against No. 4/4 UC Irvine, including a match-high 22 kills in a five-game victory on Friday. The All-American in that series opener also had a season-high five aces while adding seven digs and five blocks.

Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week: Riley Moore, Harvard
Moore led Harvard with a career-high 14 kills and zero attack errors on a .875 attack percentage while adding three blocks in five-game upset victory against Penn State on Saturday. He also had 10 kills while hitting .692 and a match-high five blocks in a four-game win versus St. Francis on Friday.

Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week: Emmett Enriques, CSUN
Enriques finished with a match-high 13 digs as No. 8/10 CSUN defeated No. 11 UC Santa Barbara in four games on Friday to open a home-and-home series. In addition, Enriques led all players with 12 digs in a four-game road loss on Saturday to conclude the conference series.