By the narrowest of margins, Lancaster Bible opposite Nate Miller earned another national award.
Off the Block announced Tuesday that a nationwide voting committee selected Miller by a one-vote margin as the Off the Block/Molten Division III National Opposite of the Year.
The Division III National Opposite of the Year is an annual award presented by Off the Block that recognizes the top opposite in NCAA Division III men’s volleyball during the season.
Miller received 28 votes to edge out the runner-up Stevens opposite David Lehman.
Miller finished his junior season second in the nation with a 4.74 kills per game average, including having at least 15 kills in 14 matches. The All-American also had both a career-high .296 attack percentage and 167 digs.
With Miller leading the offense, Lancaster Bible won the NEAC regular season championship and finished the regular season in the top 10 of the national coaches poll.
The voting committee for this national award was comprised of about 20 NCAA Division III men’s volleyball coaches from around the nation. The top-three vote-getters were named finalists and the student-athlete receiving the most votes was named the award winner.
Along with Miller and Lehman, Juniata opposite Quinn Peterson finished in third place with 20 votes.
The National Opposite of the Year is one of five Division III national awards that Off the Block presents. It also presents the Off the Block/Molten Division III National Setter of the Year, Off the Block/Molten Division III National Outside Attacker of the Year, the Off the Block/Molten Division III National Middle Attacker of the Year and Off the Block/Molten Division III National Libero of the Year.
Off the Block is a national award winning website and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. Molten is the official volleyball supplier of NCAA Division III men’s volleyball and is the 2019 sponsor of the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball National Awards.