Off the Block Top of the Class Tournament: First Round voting

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Off the Block selected the top seniors in college men’s volleyball and seeded them into a bracket, and it is up to the fans to determine who should win the 2020 Top of the Class Tournament.

The Top of the Class Tournament is a bracket-style, five-round event pairing the best seniors from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams against each other. The senior in each match-up who had the best college career as decided by the fans will advance to the next round.

The tournament begins with opening-round matches in the Carlos Moreno Region and Yuval Katz Region. Online voting for these first-round matches will end at 10 p.m. (CST) Monday.

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Check out today’s ballots below.

Carols Moreno Region: First-Round Matches


Daenan Gyimah, UCLA (2017-20)
Career stats: 909 kills, .483 attack percentage, 341 blocks, 96 aces
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-MPSF First-Team, 2019 All-American First-Team, 2019 Ryan Millar Award winner, 2019 Off the Block Dain Blanton Diversity Award Winner, 2018 All-MPSF First-Team, 2018 All-American First-Team, 2018 Ryan Millar Award winner, 2017 All-MPSF Freshman Team, 2017 All-MPSF Honorable Mention

Chris Woolslayer, Lees-McRae (2017-20)
Career stats: 233 kills, 403 digs (1.61 digs per game), 29 blocks, 28 aces
Achievements/Honors: Led team with 2.13 digs per game in 2019, good No. 15 nationally


Hayden Wagner, George Mason (2017-20)
Career stats: 754 kills (3.40 kills per game), 223 digs (1.00 digs per game), 125 blocks, 76 aces
Achievements/Honors: 2019 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, 2019 All-EIVA First-Team, 2019 EIVA All-Tournament Team, 2019 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, 2018 All-EIVA First-Team

Caleb Blazer, Grand Canyon (2017-20)
Career stats: .334 attack percentage, 171 blocks (0.94 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Among the nation’s leaders with 84 blocks in 2018


Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne (2017-20)
Career stats: 1,256 kills (3.75 kills per game), 93 aces , 175 blocks (0.52 blocks per game), 540 digs (1.61 digs per game)
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-America Honorable Mention, 2019 All-MIVA FIrst-Team, 2018 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, 2018 All-MIVA First Team, 2017 All-MIVA Honorable Mention, 2017 MIVA All-Freshman Team

Lucas Galifos, McKendree (2017-20)
Career stats: .330 attack percentage, 231 kills, 144 blocks (0.86 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Bearcats ranked No. 7 nationally in blocks per game in 2019, led by Galifos’ 1.06 blocks per game, good for No. 3 in the MIVA.


Oscar Fiorentino, Barton (2018-20)
Career stats: 2,534 assists (10.39 assists per game), 340 digs, 77 blocks
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-ConfCarolinas First-Team

Austin Matautia, UCLA (2017-20)
Career stats: 534 kills, 77 aces, 251 digs, 101 blocks
Achievements/Honors: Second on team in aces per game in 2020 on a team that finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally in aces per game.


Jason Donorovich, Penn State (2017-20)
Career stats: 356 kills, .347 attack percentage, 194 blocks, 71 aces
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-EIVA First-Team, was second in the country in aces per game in 2020 when the season ended.

Stephen Moye, Stanford (2017-20)
Career stats: .409 attack percentage, 192 blocks (0.86 blocks per game), 271 kills
Achievements/Honors: Second in MPSF in attack percentage, led team in blocks per game in 2018


Wil Stanley, BYU (2017-20)
Career stats: 1302 assists, 41 aces, 205 digs, and 80 blocks
Achievements/Honors: BYU ranked No. 2 in the nation in hitting percentage in 2020, while Stanley ranked No. 3 in assists per game this season

Rob Chatterton, Sacred Heart (2017-20)
Career stats: 338 kills, .347 attack percentage, 176 blocks (0.96 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: No. 4 nationally with 1.298 blocks per game in 2020


Casey McGarry, UC Santa Barbara (2017-20)
Career stats: 1911 assists (7.21 assists per game), 383 digs (1.85 digs per game), 56 aces, 58 blocks.
Achievements/Honors: McGarry was No. 4 nationally with 10.59 assists per game, and No. 6 with 2.48 digs per game

Omari Wheeler, Quincy (2017-20)
Career stats: 725 kills (2.82 kills per game), 341 digs (1.33 digs per game), 121 blocks (0.47 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Double digits kills in final 30 of 36 matches started, including four matches with at least 20 kills


Jackson Gilbert, North Greenville (Coker 2017; North Greenville 2018-20)
Career stats: 953 kills, 162 blocks, 114 aces, 322 digs
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-ConfCarolinas Second-Team, 2018 All-ConfCarolinas Third-Team

Rob Mullahey, Pepperdine (2018-20)
Career stats: 2194 assists (9.38 assists per game), 315 digs, 76 blocks
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2019 All-American Honorable Mention, 2018 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2018 All-MPSF Freshman Team

Yuval Katz Region: First-Round Matches


Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i (2017-2020)
Career stats: 986 kills (3.57 kills per game), .349 attack percentage, 91 aces (0.33 aces per game), 212 blocks (0.77 blocks per game).
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-Big West First Team, AVCA All-American First-Team, 2019 Bryan Ivie Award Winner, 2019 International Player of the Year, 2018 All-Big West Honorable Mention, 2017 All-MPSF Freshman Team

Zach Yerington, Daemen (2020)
Career stats: 3.25 kills per game, 1.25 digs per game, 0.47 blocks per game
Achievements/Honors: Two-time Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week in 2020; also national opposite of the week for week of Feb. 10. His 36 kills in a match versus Lincoln Memorial was the most by any player in 2020.

Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial (2017-20)
Career stats: 3.52 kills per game, .308 attack percentage, 0.44 aces per game, 1.65 digs per game, 0.79 blocks per game
Achievements/Honors: 2019 Division II National Player of the Year finalist, 2019 IVA Tournament MVP, 2019 Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Year, 2019 Off the Block All-Independent Team, 2019 IVA Tournament All-Tournament Team, 2018 Off the Block All-Independent Team, 2017 Off the Block All-Independent Team

Bryce Gatling, George Mason (2017-20)
Career stats: 201 kills, .340 attack percentage, 158 blocks (0.90 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Achieved career highs in back to back nights vs Harvard, first in blocks with nine on Feb. 14, and then with 16 kills on Feb. 15


Scott Stadick, UC Irvine (2017-2020)
Career stats: 533 blocks (1.37 blocks per game), 727 kills, .408 attack percentage,
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-Big West Honorable Mention, 2018 AVCA All-American Second-Team, 2018 National Blocker of the Year, 2018 All-Big West First-Team, 2017 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, 2017 MPSF Freshman of the Year

Kyle Piekarski, Loyola (2017-20)
Career stats: 378 kills (1.97 kills per game), .447 attack percentage, 145 blocks (0.76 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: His .509 attack percentage in his senior year ranked No. 3 nationally


Liam Maxwell, Belmont Abbey (2017-20)
Career stats: 1,450 kills (3.98 kills per game), 138 aces, 149 blocks, 516 digs (1.42 digs per game)
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-ConfCarolinas First-Team, 2018 All-ConfCarolinas First-Team

Zach Schnittker, McKendree (2017-20)
Career stats: 388 kills, 260 digs, 49 aces, 260 digs
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-MIVA Second-Team

Luca Berger, NJIT (Coker: 2017, NJIT 2018-20)
Career stats: While at NJIT, 310 kills, .398 attack percentage, 258 blocks (1.21 blocks per game), 134 kills and 69 blocks in one year at Coker College
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-EIVA First-Team, 2018 All-EIVA First-Team, 2017 All-IVA Tournament team while playing for Coker College

Aleksa Lakic, Emmanuel (2017-20)
Career stats: 808 kills (2.53 kills per game), 112 blocks, 414 digs (1.30 digs per game)
Achievements/Honors: Led Emmanuel in aces per game in 2017 and 2019; led team attack percentage in 2020


Randy DeWeese, UC Santa Barbara (2017-20)
Career stats: 326 kills, .341 attack percentage, 89 aces, 382 digs (1.29 digs per game), 193 blocks (0.65 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Two-time Big West Player of the Week in 2020; led 2020 UC Santa Barbara team in aces per game and kills per game.

Greg Luck – Outside attacker, Princeton (2017-20)
Career stats: 749 kills, 472 (1.26 digs per game), 249 blocks, 85 aces
Achievements/Honors: Third in the EIVA in blocks per game in 2020 at 1.04, 2019 All-EIVA Second-Team, 2018 EIVA All-Tournament Team


Matt Szews, Ball State (2017-20)
Career stats: 1,177 kills (3.22 kills per game), 122 aces (0.33 aces per game), 235 blocks (0.64 blocks per game), 595 digs (1.63 digs per game)
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-MIVA First-Team, 2017 MIVA Co-Freshman of the Year, 2017 All-MIVA First-Team, 2017 MIVA All-Freshman Team, 2017 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention

Connor Walbrecht, UC San Diego (2017-20)
Career stats: 1447 assists (7.09 assists per game), 296 digs (1.45 digs per game), 98 blocks (0.48 blocks per game)
Achievements/Honors: Captain of the 2020 team that tied for the most wins in UC San Diego history as a Division II program; His 10.07 assists per game in 2020 were tied for No. 8 nationally. His 20 digs versus UC Irvine on Feb. 16 were tied for fourth-most in a match in 2020.


Sam Greenslade, George Mason (2017-20)
Career stats: 519 kills (2.19 per game), 302 digs (1.27 digs per game), 88 aces
Achievements/Honors: 2019 All-EIVA First Team, career high 25 points (21 kills) in 2018 against Harvard

Ryan Lew, UC San Diego (2017-20)
Career stats: 670 digs (1.96 digs per game)
Achievements/Honors: Career high 20 digs against Hope International in 2017, Big West Defensive Player of the Week in 2019, 2017 Off the Block Freshmen All-American Team