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

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

Lincoln Memorial’s Pedro Carvalho, USC’s Ryan Moss, Long Beach State’s Josh Tuaniga and Hawai”s Stijn van Tilburg and Gage Worsley were selected on Monday 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: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Off the Block National Opposite of the Week: Ryan Moss, USC
Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week: Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
Off the Block National Middle Attacker of the Week: Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
Off the Block National Libero of the Week: Gage Worsley, Hawai’i

Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Tuaniga guided No. 1/1 Long Beach State to a single-match program-record .655 attack percentage and contributed five kills in a sweep against No. 8/8 Stanford on Friday. He also had 33 assists as Long Beach State hit .471 in a sweep versus St. Francis on Saturday to remain undefeated.

Ryan Moss, USC
Moss led all players with a season-high 23 kills on a .513 attack percentage in a five-game victory against Penn State on Friday. He also had a match-high 22 kills while hitting .514 and added five digs as No. 11 USC beat Ohio State in five games on Saturday to finish undefeated at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
van Tilburg finished with a match-high 16 kills while hitting .600 in a sweep against No. 6/6 Pepperdine on Saturday at the Outrigger Invitational to keep No. 2/2 Hawai’i undefeated this season. He also had 12 kills on a .417 attack percentage and a match-high two aces as Hawai’i swept No. 15 Ball State on Friday.

Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
Carvalho had 27 combined kills on a .571 attack percentage in three matches last week, including a season-high 13 kills while hitting .750 in a victory against Lees-McRae on Saturday. The middle attacker also had a six match-high six blocks in a five-game win versus Emmanuel on Wednesday and five blocks in a loss to Mount Olive on Friday.

Gage Worsley, Hawai’i
Worsley had 34 combined digs and was named to the All-Tournament Team as No. 2/2 Hawai’i won all three of its matches at the Outrigger Invitational. In the de facto championship match, Worsley led all players with a season-high 15 digs to help Hawai’i sweep No. 6/6 Pepperdine on Saturday.