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.

Quincy’s Noam Hannoun, Stanford’s Jaylen Jasper, Lewis’ Tyler Mitchem, Lindenwood’s Phil Swartz and Loyola’s Garrett Zolg 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: Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Off the Block National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Phil Swartz, Lindenwood
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Noam Hannoun, Quincy

Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Zolg guided the offense to a .404 attack percentage and added two aces as No. 7/7 Loyola defeated No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne in four games on Friday. The setter also had 54 assists and helped Loyola hit .328 in a four-game victory versus No. 12 Ball State on Saturday.

Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Jasper led all players with a career-high 29 kills on a .305 attack percentage and added eight digs in a five-game victory against No. 14 USC on Thursday. He also had a match-high 16 kills on a .520 attack percentage in a sweep against Concordia-Irvine on Saturday.

Phil Swartz, Lindenwood
Swartz making his fourth start of the season ended with match-high 12 kills on a .529 attack percentage and added three blocks as Lindenwood swept Ohio State on Friday. In addition, the freshman had a season-high 16 kills while hitting .433 in a five-game loss to McKendree on Wednesday.

Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Mitchem finished with a team-high 11 kills and zero attack errors on an .846 attack percentage in a sweep against No. 12 Ball State on Friday. He also for the second consecutive match led the Flyers offensively and had zero attack errors has he had 10 kills while hitting .714 and added four blocks in a sweep versus No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne

Noam Hannoun, Quincy
Hannoun had back-to-back matches with at least 20 digs last week. The libero finished with a season-high 21 digs in a four-game loss to McKendree on Thursday. He also had 20 digs as Quincy lost to Ohio State in four games on Saturday.