Hawai’i, Lincoln Memorial, UC Irvine middles named finalists for National Blocker of Year

Photo by Jay Sowers

A nationwide voting committee selected Lincoln Memorial middle attacker Pedro Carvalho, Hawai’i middle attacker Patrick Gasman and UC Irvine middle attacker Scott Stadick as the finalists for the annual Off the Block National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block National Blocker of the Year recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defense performance during the regular season.

Off the Block announced the finalists on Sunday and will unveil the award winner on Friday as part of its College Men’s Volleyball National Awards Presentation.

Carvalho, the runner-up for the 2018 National Blocker of the Year, led the nation with a 1.45 blocks per game average as he helped Lincoln Memorial set a program record for wins in a single season. The middle attacker had at least five blocks in 13 matches, including a season-high 10 blocks in a sweep against Queens on Jan. 26.

Gasman led the Big West and was second in the nation with a 1.42 blocks per game average and had a career-high 121 blocks. He also had at least five blocks in 11 regular session matches as he helped the Rainbow Warriors earn the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Stadick, the 2018 National Blocker of the Year recipient, was fifth in the country averaging 1.21 blocks per game. The middle attacker finished with at least five blocks in 12 matches, including a season-high 10 blocks in a sweep versus Grand Canyon on Feb. 1.

The voting committee for the National Blocker of the Year was comprised of about 20 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball media members from around the nation.

The top three vote-getters were named finalists for the National Blocker of the Year.

This is the ninth year that Off the Block has presented the National Blocker of the Year. Previous winners are former BYU middle attacker Futi Tavana in 2011, former USC middle attacker Robert Feathers in 2012, former UC Santa Barbara middle attacker Dylan Davis in 2013, former Lewis middle attacker Bobby Walsh in 2015, middle attacker Tommy Carmody with Pacific in 2014 and Pepperdine in 2016, former Long Beach State middle attacker Amir Lugo-Rodriguez in 2017 and Stadick last year.

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.