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

Photo courtesy of Loyola athletics.

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

UC Irvine’s Dante Chakravorti and Joel Schneidmiller, Ohio State’s Jake Hanes, Loyola’s Paul Narup and UC Santa Barbara’s Hayden Boehle 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, the 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: Dante Chakravorti, UC Irvine
Off the Block National Opposite of the Week: Jake Hanes, Ohio State
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Joel Schneidmiller, UC Irvine
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: Paul Narup, Loyola
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara

Dante Chakravorti, UC Irvine
Chakravorti had 53 assists and guided the offense to a .234 attack percentage in a five-game comeback victory against No. 9 Loyola on Friday. In addition, the setter had two blocks and led the team to hit .269 in a road victory versus No. 7 Lewis on Saturday.

Jake Hanes, Ohio State
Hanes finished with a match-high 24 kills on a .413 attack percentage while adding four aces and nine digs as No. 8 Ohio State defeated Penn State in non-conference play on Saturday. The sophomore also had 13 kills while hitting .611 in a season-opening sweep against Charleston on Friday.

Joel Schneidmiller, UC Irvine
Schneidmiller led all players with a career-high 28 kills and added 10 digs as No. 4 UC Irvine rallied from a two-game road deficit to beat No. 9 Loyola in five games in its season opener on Friday. He also had 13 kills and two aces in a four-game victory against No. 7 Lewis on Saturday.

Paul Narup, Loyola
Narup had a match-high eight blocks and contributed nine kills with zero attack errors in a five-game loss to No. 4?UC Irvine on Friday. He also had six kills and zero attack errors on a .857 attack percentage while adding five blocks in a sweep against North Greenville on Saturday.

Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara
Boehle finished with a combined 30 digs as UC Santa Barbara went undefeated at the Asics Invitational. The libero had double-digit digs in two of the three matches, including a match-high 13 digs in a five-game season-opening win against Harvard on Thursday.