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.
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Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients
National Setter of the Week: Kevin Kauling, Lewis
National Opposite of the Week: Andrew Kohut, Belmont Abbey
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Brett Wildman, Penn State
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
National Libero of the Week: Chase Howard, Harvard
National Freshman of the Week: Guilherme Voss, Hawai’i
Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
Carvalho had a career-high 11 aces as Lincoln Memorial defeated King in five games, including having five consecutive aces and six total aces in the decisive fifth game. This was the most aces in a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball match since 2012. The middle attacker also had seven kills and zero errors on a .538 attack percentage in the victory.
Chase Howard, Harvard
Howard had a team-high 12 digs as Harvard defeated No. 13 George Mason in four games Saturday in the finale of their two-match conference series. The libero also led all players with 15 digs in a five-game loss to the Patriots on Friday.
Kevin Kauling, Lewis
Kauling had 33 assists and guided the offense to a .416 attack percentage to help No. 6/6 Lewis sweep No. 14 Ohio State on Thursday. The setter also led Lewis to a .449 attack percentage and contributed six digs and three blocks in a four-game victory against Ball State on Saturday.
Andrew Kohut, Belmont Abbey
Kohut finished with 15 kills on a .375 attack percentage and a team-high four aces in five-game victory against Limestone on Wednesday. He also had 13 kills and zero attack errors on a .812 attack percentage as Belmont Abbey defeated Erskine on Saturday to extend the team’s winning streak to five matches.
Guilherme Voss, Hawai’i
Voss finished with a combined nine blocks in a two-match road series sweep against No. 11 Stanford, including having a match-high five blocks in the series finale on Saturday. He also had a combined 10 kills on a .471 attack percentage as No. 1/1 Hawai’i swept both matches and extended its winning streak to 14 matches.
Brett Wildman, Penn State
Wildman finished with a match-high 17 kills on a .433 attack percentage and added two aces in a four-game victory against No. 11/10 Princeton on Friday. In addition, Wildman led all players with 17 kills while hitting .560 as No. 10/10 Penn State swept NJIT on Saturday to move into first place in the EIVA.