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

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

UC Santa Barbara’s Corey Chavers, CSUN’s Emmett Enriques, UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah and Micah Ma’a and Hawai’i’s Rado Parapunov were all 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: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Off the Block National Opposite of the Week: Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Emmett Enriques, CSUN

Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Ma’a guided the offense to a .407 attack percentage while having both a team-high three aces and seven digs in a four-game victory against No. 7/6 Loyola on Thursday. He also led UCLA with a season-high 10 digs and helped the team hit .336 in four-game victory against No. 10/10 Lewis on Saturday.

Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara
Chavers led No. 9/9 UC Santa Barbara to consecutive sweeps of No. 3/3 BYU during the weekend with a combined 33 kills (.309 attack percentage) and six aces. Chavers has at least 16 kills in each of his last six matches — all against ranked foes.

Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i
Parapunov set single-match season highs for kills (17), points (14), blocks (four) and aces (four) this weekend in a pair of sweeps of No. 8/8 Stanford. The junior opposite had a combined 27 kills (.449 attack percentage), four access, five blocks and nine digs.

Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Gyimah led all players with a season-high 18 kills on a .739 attack percentage and added three blocks as No. 5/5 UCLA defeated No. 7/6 Loyola in four games on Thursday. The middle attacker also had 12 kills while hitting .476 and contributed four blocks in a four-game win versus No. 10/10 Lewis on Saturday.

Emmett Enriques, CSUN
Enriques finished with a season-high 17 digs in a four-game loss to No. 6/7 Pepperdine on Wednesday. He also had a match-high six digs to help No. 12 CSUN beat Princeton in five games on Friday.