Recipients unveiled for Off the Block National Weekly Awards

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Off the Block announced on Monday the recipients of the National Position Player of the Week Awards and the National Freshman of the Week.

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. In addition, the National Player of the Week is presented to the top freshman from the week in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.

The Off the Block staff determines each award recipient. 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 and freshman-based weekly awards.

Off the Block at the end of the season 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. It also presents 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.

Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients

National Setter of the Week: Justin Lui, Stanford
National Opposite of the Week: Zach Yerington, Daemen
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Aleksa Lakic, Emmanuel
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Shane Holdaway, Long Beach State
National Libero of the Week: Addison Enriques, Concordia-Irvine
National Freshman of the Week: AJ Lewis, Lindenwood

Addison Enriques, Concordia-Irvine
Enriques had a combined 33 digs in three matches last week en route to making the All-Tournament Team at the Outrigger Invitational. Among his top performances included a season-high 20 digs in a four-game loss to No. 4/4 UC Irvine on Thursday.

Shane Holdaway, Long Beach State
Holdaway finished with 10 kills and zero attack errors on a .667 attack percentage in a four-game victory against No. 9/8 Penn State on Friday. The middle attacker also had a match-high five blocks along with 10 kills on a .389 attack percentage as No. 5/6 Long Beach State defeated No. 15/9 Ohio State in four games on Saturday.

Aleksa Lakic, Emmanuel
Lakic had both a season-high 23 kills on a .340 attack percentage and eight digs in a four-game road victory against Lees-McRae on Saturday. In addition, Lakic had 15 kills in a four-game loss to King on Friday.

AJ Lewis, Lindenwood
Lewis finished with both a match-high 16 kills on a .519 attack percentage and 11 digs in a four-game victory against CSUN on Friday. The outside attacker also had a season-high 17 kills as the Lions defeated the Matadors in five games on Saturday to complete the two-match series sweep.

Justin Lui, Stanford
Lui had 33 assists and guided the offense to a season-high .565 attack percentage as No. 13 Stanford swept No. 7/7 UCLA on Saturday. The libero who recently became the Cardinal starting setter because of injuries also had a match-high 15 digs and helped the team hit .274 in a loss to No. 8/10 Pepperdine on Thursday.

Zach Yerington, Daemen
Yerington led all players with a career-high 36 kills while hitting .466 and added four aces as Daemen defeated the two-time defending IVA champions Lincoln Memorial in five games on Sunday. The graduate student also had 10 kills on a .381 attack percentage in a four-game road victory against Urbana on Sunday.