Daemen opposite named Independent Teams Player of Week

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A Daemen starter who had a career performance is earning a college men’s volleyball honor.

Off the Block announced Monday that Daemen opposite Zach Yerington was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Yerington led all players with a career-high 36 kills while hitting .466 as Daemen defeated the two-time defending IVA champions Lincoln Memorial in five games on Sunday. The graduate student also had both a season-high four aces and six blocks to help the Wildcats rally from a two-game deficit.

Along with his performance against Lincoln Memorial, Yerington finished with 10 kills on a .381 attack percentage in a four-game road victory against Urbana on Sunday.

The Independent Teams Player of the Week recognizes the best player during the week from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation.

The seven independent teams this season are Alderson Broaddus, Daemen, Lincoln Memorial, Queens, St. Francis-Brooklyn, Tusculum and Urbana.

Off the Block determines the Independent Teams Player of the Week based on a variety of factors, including a player’s individual performance and how a player’s team fared during the week.

The winner of the Independent Teams Player of the Week is unveiled every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that started in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.