Off the Block to present national awards in 2020, nixes National Championship Poll

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College men’s volleyball honors recognizing the nation’s best performances will still be presented this season

Off the Block announced Wednesday that it will present its annual end of season national awards despite the 2020 season being cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The college men’s volleyball website coordinates nationwide voting and then presents the finalists and winners for 11 awards. These annual NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball awards are the Lloy Ball Award for the nation’s top setter, the Karch Kiraly Award for the nation’s top outside attacker, the Bryan Ivie Award for the nation’s top opposite, the Ryan Millar Award for the nation’s top middle attacker, the Erik Shoji Award for the nation’s top libero, the Dain Blanton Diversity Award, the Division II National Player of the Year, the International Player of the Year, the National Blocker of the Year, the National Server of the Year and the Freshmen All-American Team.

A voting committee of coaches and media members determines the finalists and winners for all of these awards. The top-three vote getters for each award are named finalists, while the player receiving the most votes will be the winner.

Off the Block will announce the finalists and winners starting in late-March.

Along with presenting these annual awards, Off the Block announced Wednesday that it will not present the National Championship Poll after consulting with coaches, media members and the volleyball community. Off the Block initially unveiled last week following the season being canceled that it would present a combined media and coaches poll.

Off the Block was established in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.