BYU outside named National Freshman of Week

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An outside attacker who helped No. 8/10 BYU earn two conference victories is now receiving a national accolade.

Off the Block announced Monday that outside attacker Davide Gardini was selected as the Off the Block National Freshman of the Week.

Gardini had a season-high 20 kills on a .452 attack percentage and added six digs in a four-game victory against No. 14 USC on Saturday. He also had a team-high 14 kills while hitting .455 in a sweep versus Concordia-Irvine on Thursday that ended BYU’s four-match losing streak.

This is the second time Gardini has been named the National Freshman of the Week. Gardini first earned the honor in January after having a combined 22 kills in sweeps against Ball State and Ohio State.

The National Freshman of the Week is presented each week during the regular season to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshman who had the most outstanding performance. The winner is selected by the Off the Block staff and is announced every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

Along with the National Freshman of the Week, Off the Block will present the Freshmen All-American Team at the end of the regular season.

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.