The bracket has been finalized in the tournament to decided which senior had the best college men’s volleyball career.
Off the Block unveiled on Saturday the 64-player bracket for the inaugural Off the Block Top of the Class Tournament.
The Top of the Class Tournament is a bracket-style, five-round event that recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball seniors. Seniors in this tournament will face each other in head-to-head matches with the winners being the player who had the best college career as decided by the fans through online voting on the Off the Block website.
This is the inaugural Top of the Class Tournament and will take place in lieu of the annual Off the Block Fan Choice of the Year, which had a similar tournament format. Off the Block opted to make this change to honor the seniors whose 2020 season were ended early because of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
The tournament begins first-round matches starting on Monday and then continues with the second-round matches starting on Tuesday.
Off the Block determined the tournament field and seeding using a variety of factors including a player’s performance during their career, all-conference and All-American honors and how the player’s team fared.
Players selected to the tournament were placed into four regions.
Off the Block named the regions after a former player on each of the top-four teams in the national rankings at the time the 2020 season was suspended.
Below is a first-round matches and the tournament schedule.
Monday, March 23: First round for Carlos Moreno Region and Yuval Katz Region
Tuesday, March 24: First round for Tom Bonynge Region and TJ DeFalco Region
Wednesday, March 25: Second-round matches
Thursday, March 26 to Friday, March 27: Regional semifinals
Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, March 29: Regional finals
Monday, March 30 to Tuesday, March 31: Championship round
*Polls close at 10 p.m. (CST) for every round
Carlos Moreno Region (first-round matches)
No. 1 seed Daenan Gyimah, UCLA vs.
No. 16 seed Chris Woolslayer, Lees-McRae
No. 2 seed Hayden Wagner, George Mason vs.
No. 15 seed Caleb Blazer, Grand Canyon
No. 3 seed Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne vs.
No. 14 seed Lucas Galifos, McKendree
No. 4 seed Oscar Fiorentino, Barton vs.
No. 13 seed Austin Matautia, UCLA
No. 5 seed Jason Donorovich, Penn State vs.
No. 12 seed Stephen Moye, Stanford
No. 6 seed Wil Stanley, BYU vs.
No. 11 seed Rob Chatterton, Sacred Heart
No. 7 seed Casey McGarry, UC Santa Barbara vs.
No. 10 seed Omari Wheeler, Quincy
No. 8 seed Jackson Gilbert, North Greenville vs.
No. 9 seed Rob Mullahey, Pepperdine
Yuval Katz Region (first-round matches)
No. 1 seed Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i vs.
No. 16 seed Zach Yerington, Daemen
No. 2 seed Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial vs.
No. 15 seed Bryce Gatling, George Mason
No. 3 seed Scott Stadick, UC Irvine vs.
No. 14 seed Kyle Piekarski, Loyola
No. 4 seed Liam Maxwell, Belmont Abbey vs.
No. 13 seed Zach Schnittker, McKendree
No. 5 seed Luca Berger, NJIT vs.
No. 12 seed Aleksa Lakic, Emmanuel
No. 6 seed Randy DeWeese, UC Santa Barbara vs.
No. 11 seed Greg Luck, Princeton
No. 7 seed Matt Szews, Ball State vs.
No. 10 seed Connor Walbrecht, UC San Diego
No. 8 seed Sam Greenslade, George Mason vs.
No. 9 seed Ryan Lew, UC San Diego
TJ DeFalco Region (first-round matches)
No. 1 seed George Huhmann, Princeton vs.
No. 16 seed Ksawery Tomsia, CSUN
No. 2 seed Patrick Gasman, Hawai’i vs.
No. 15 seed Reese Devilbiss, Ohio State
No. 3 seed Raymond Barsemian, Concordia-Irvine vs.
No. 14 seed Roy McFarland, UC Santa Barbara
No. 4 seed Paul Bischoff, Stanford vs.
No. 13 seed Henrik Falck Lauten, Penn State
No. 5 seed Parker Dixon, Princeton vs.
No. 12 seed Kyle Bugee, Lewis
No. 6 seed Noah Dyer, Pepperdine vs.
No. 11 seed Colton Cowell, Hawai’i
No. 7 seed Chase Howard, Harvard vs.
No. 10 seed Luke Braswell, Penn State
No. 8 seed Richie Diedrich, Purdue Fort Wayne vs.
No. 9 seed Ben Hamsho, North Greenville
Tom Bonynge Region (first-round matches)
No. 1 seed Ryan Coenen, Lewis vs.
No. 16 seed Blake Reardon, Ball State
No. 2 seed Angelos Mandilaris, Barton vs.
No. 15 seed Grady Yould, UC Santa Barbara
No. 3 seed Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial vs.
No. 14 seed Shane Yeo, Mount Olive
No. 4 seed Michael Fisher, Saint Francis vs.
No. 13 seed Andrew Holman, Limestone
No. 5 seed Keenan Sanders, UC Santa Barbara vs.
No. 12 seed Adriel Roberts, Charleston
No. 6 seed Matthew Crtvlik, Harvard vs.
No. 11 seed Don Thompson, Emmanuel
No. 7 seed Miki Jauhiainen, BYU vs.
No. 10 seed Calvin Mende, Penn State
No. 8 seed Sam Schindler, Lindenwood vs.
No. 9 seed Jordan Hoppe, Concordia-Irvine