Five college men’s volleyball players have earned national awards for being the best at their position.
McKendree’s Francisco Comas, St. Francis’ Michael Fisher, UCLA’s Micah Ma’a, Lewis’ TJ Murray and Pepperdine’s Michael Wexter 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.
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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: Michael Wexter, Pepperdine
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Michael Fisher, St. Francis
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: TJ Murray, Lewis
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Francisco Comas, McKendree
Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Ma’a guided the offense to a .420 attack percentage and had a match-high four aces as No. 6/6 UCLA swept its cross-town rival No. 14 USC on Sunday. The setter also had a match-high 11 digs and helped the offense hit .356 in a sweep of Concordia-Irvine on Wednesday.
Michael Wexter, Pepperdine
Wexter led all players with a season-high 24 kills on a .452 attack percentage in a road victory against Concordia-Irvine on Friday. He also added 10 digs in the victory that kept the Waves undefeated in the MPSF.
Michael Fisher, St. Francis
Fisher led all players with 20 kills on a .417 attack percentage and contributed a season-high five blocks in an upset road victory against No. 13 George Mason on Sunday. He also had both a match-high 17 kills and two aces in a sweep versus Charleston on Friday.
TJ Murray, Lewis
Muray had 11 kills and one attack error while hitting .667 and defensively added a match-high eight blocks in a five-game road victory against Ohio State on Thursday. The middle attacker also had 10 kills on a .471 attack percentage and had a season-high two aces as No. 10/9 Lewis beat McKendree in four games on Saturday to remain tied for first place in the MIVA.
Francisco Comas, McKendree
Comas finished with a match-high 15 digs as McKendree almost upset No. 7/7 Loyola before losing four games on Thursday. The libero also had 10 digs — his third consecutive match with double-digit digs — in a four-game loss to No. 10/9 Lewis on Saturday.