It’s all about the numbers — particularly the number on the jersey.
Off the Block is unveiling the best player to wear each jersey number in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the 25-point rally scoring era.
The latest installment in this summer series examines the best to don the No. 13 jersey. Check out Off the Block throughout June as it continues to reveal the best in the sport to wear each number.
Best player to wear No. 13
Micah Ma’a, UCLA (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2016 First-Team All-American, 2016 National Server of the Year, 2016 Freshman All-American, 2016 First-Team All-MPSF, 2017 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2018 Lloy Ball Award finalist, 2018 First-Team All-American, 2018 First-Team All-MPSF, 2019 Co-National Server of the Year, 2019 Lloy Ball Award finalist,2019 First-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-MPSF
Player bio: Ma’a finished with a program record during the 25-point rally scoring era with 208 career aces. The three-time All-American finished in the nation’s top 15 for aces in three of his four seasons, including being second in the nation with a 0.64 aces per game average during his senior season. In addition, Ma’a guided the offense to the second-best attack percentage in the nation at .350 in 2018 as UCLA advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals. The setter as a freshman led the Bruins’ 6-2 offensive system to finish in the nation’s top five with a .313 attack percentage and a NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance.
Best players to wear No. 13 by conference
Big West: Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
ConfCarolinas: Andrew Kohut, Belmont Abbey
EIVA: Luca Berger, NJIT
MIVA: Geoff Powell, Lewis
MPSF: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Independents: Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial
Honorable mentions: Taylor Averill, Hawai’i; Artur Cabral, Coker; Dylan Davis, UC Santa Barbara; Johnny Gomez, George Mason; Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State; Miles Johnson, Ohio State; Parker Kalmbach, Pepperdine; Ben Patch, BYU