Recipients unveiled for Off the Block National Weekly Awards

Photo courtesy of BYU athletics

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: Wil Stanley, BYU
National Opposite of the Week: Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Ryan Coenen, Lewis
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
National Libero of the Week: Christian Phung, North Greenville
National Freshman of the Week: Julian Meissner, NJIT

Ryan Coenen, Lewis
Coenen finished with a combined 33 kills in a two-match series sweep against No. 13 Stanford, including a season-high 23 kills on a .543 attack percentage in a four-game series-finale win. He also a combined 17 digs and nine blocks in the two non-conference victories.

Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
Fernandez finished with a combined 34 kills on a .482 attack percentage and 11 aces as No. 2/1 BYU split a two-match non-conference series No. 1/2 BYU. In addition, Fernandez had both a match-high eight aces and 13 kills while hitting .688 in a series-opening sweep on Thursday.

Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Gyimah had a combined 40 kills while hitting .500 in three matches last week, including team-high 16 kills on .625 attack percentage in a victory against No. 6/6 UC San Diego. He also had five blocks in back-to-back wins versus CSUN and UC San Diego.

Julian Meissner, NJIT
Meissner finished with a match-high 16 kills and zero errors on a .615 attack percentage in a sweep against No. 11/10 Princeton on Friday. He also had four blocks and five digs in the conference victory.

Christian Phung, North Greenville
Phung had a team-high 10 digs in a five-game victory against No. 10/9 Grand Canyon Friday — North Greenville’s first win against a nationally ranked team in program history. The libero also had a match-high 12 digs in a three-game loss to Ottawa (Arizona) on Saturday.

Wil Stanley, BYU
Stanley guided the BYU offense to a .603 attack in a series-opening sweep against No. 1/2 Hawai’i — the second-best single-match attack percentage in program history during the rally scoring era. He also helped the Cougars hit .329 and contributed nine digs in a five-game loss on Friday to conclude the non-conference series.