Off the Block announces winners of National Position Player of Week Awards

Photo courtesy of Stanford athletics

Five college men’s volleyball players have earned national awards for being the best at their position.

Stanford’s Paul Bischoff, Barton’s Angelos Mandilaris, Lewis’ TJ Murray and UC Santa Barbara’s Hayden Boehle and Corey Chavers were selected for the Off the Block 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.

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 National Setter of the Week: Paul Bischoff, Stanford
Off the Block National Opposite of the Week: Angelos Mandilaris, Barton
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: TJ Murray, Lewis
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara

Paul Bischoff, Stanford
Bischoff guided the offense to a .368 attack percentage while adding both a match-high seven digs and four blocks as No. 8/8 Stanford beat No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne in three games on Saturday to complete the series sweep. The setter also contributed nine digs and six kills in the series opener on Friday.

Angelos Mandilaris, Barton
Mandilaris led all players with both a season-high seven aces and 19 kills as Barton swept Emmanuel in its conference opener on Friday. He also once again had 19 kills on a .643 attack percentage in a sweep against Erskine on Saturday.

Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara
Chavers finished with a match-high 19 kills on a .441 attack percentage while defensively adding seven digs and four blocks in a five-game victory against Lewis on Friday. He also led all players with 20 kills and hit .475 as No. 10 UC Santa Barbara upset No. 5/5 Loyola in four games on Saturday.

TJ Murray, Lewis
Murray led No. 9/9 Lewis with a season-high 11 kills on a .552 attack percentage and had four blocks in a five-game loss to No. 10 UC Santa Barbara on Friday. In addition, Murray had a match-high seven blocks while adding seven kills on a .462 attack percentage in a five-game road victory against No. 11/10 CSUN on Saturday.

Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara
Boehle had a match-high 10 digs as No. 10 UC Santa Barbara defeated No. 9/9 Lewis in five games on Friday. The libero also had 12 digs in a four-game upset victory against No. 5/5 Loyola on Saturday.