McKendree setter named National Freshman of Week

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A freshman who helped McKendree pull off its biggest upset in program history is earning the first national award of his college career.

Off the Block announced Monday that setter Ryan Serrano was selected as the Off the Block National Freshman of the Week.

Serrano finished with 41 assists and guided the offensive to a team-best .414 attack percentage in the fourth game that secured the road upset victory against No. 8/7 BYU on Friday. Defensively, he contributed 10 digs and two blocks in the non-conference victory.

Along with beating BYU, Serrano had a match-high eight digs and led the offense to more than a .300 attack percentage in two of the three games during a sweep against Princeton on Saturday.

Serrano is third McKendree player to win the National Freshman of the Week since the award was introduction in 2014.

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,

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.