Tusculum outside attacker Matteo Miselli is capping off his first college season with one of the top individual honors for players on independent teams.
Miselli was selected as the Off the Block/Frisco Mo Independent Teams Freshman of the Year that was unveiled Thursday on Off the Block.
The Independent Teams Freshman of the Year recognizes the best freshman during the regular season from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation. The seven independent teams this season were Alderson Broaddus, Daemen, Lincoln Memorial, Queens St. Francis Brooklyn.
Miselli finished in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.92 kills per game average and had double-digit kills in 10 matches during Tusculum’s inaugural season. Among his top performances included a match-high 25 kills along with three aces in a five-game road victory against Urbana.
The freshman also was second among all independent players and 12th in the country averaging 0.51 aces per game.
Head coaches of NCAA Division I-II independent teams comprised the voting committee for the Independent Teams Freshman of the Year.
This is the third year that Off the Block has presented Independent Teams Freshman of the Year.
Along with the Independent Teams Freshman of the Year, Off the Block presents the All-Independent Team and the Independent Teams Player of the Year. The college men’s volleyball website also presents the Independent Teams Player of the Week throughout the regular season.
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2020 Off the Block/Frisco Mo Independent Teams Freshman of the Year voting results
1. Matteo Miselli, Tusculum — 13 (3) votes
2. Zach Schneider, Daemen — 5 (1) votes
3. Tyler Chavez, Urbana — 4 (1) votes
4. Dominick Pikura, St. Francis Brooklyn — 3 (1) votes
5. Brandon Grabow, Queens — 3 votes
6. James Henneberry, St. Francis Brooklyn — 2 votes