BYU outside attacker picks up another National Freshman of Week honor

Photo by Rae Loverde

BYU outside attacker Davide Gardini for the second time in a three-week span is earning a national honor after leading No. 9/10 BYU to a conference victory.

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

Gardini led all players with a season-high 22 kills on a .515 attack percentage as BYU rallied at home to beat No. 8/8 Stanford in a fifth-game overtime on Thursday. The Cougars lost the rematch Saturday that concluded the home-and-home series despite Gardini leading BYU with 13 kills and 10 digs and having a season-high five blocks.

This is third time Gardini has been named the National Freshman of the Week — the most of any player this season. The outside attacker most recently earned the honor in February after having a combined 34 kills in two conference victories.

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.