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. 2 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. 2
Peter Hutz, Loyola (2013-16)
Awards and honors: 2014 MIVA All-Tournament Team, 2014 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2015 Second-Team All-American, 2015 Lloy Ball Award finalist, 2015 First-Team All-MIVA, 2015 MIVA All-Tournament Team, 2016 All-American Honorable Mention, 2016 First-Team All-MIVA
Player bio: Hutz guided Loyola to the nation’s best attack percentage in back-to-back seasons en route to winning back-to-back national championships. Hunt in 2014 was third in the country with an 11.42 assists per game average as he guided the Ramblers offense to a .366 attack percentage, including the team hitting .452 in its NCAA Tournament finals victory. The Ramblers also hit .350 and Hutz averaged 11.26 assists per game during the team’s 2015 championship season. Along with his offensive performance, Hutz had more than 600 career digs and 200 career blocks.
Best players to wear No. 2 by conference
Big West: Casey McGarry, UC Santa Barbara
ConfCarolinas: Dustin King, North Greenville
EIVA: Joshua Ayzenberg, Sacred Heart
MIVA: Peter Hutz, Loyola
MPSF: Connor Hughes, UC Irvine
Independents: Joshua Riblett, Lincoln Memorial
Honorable mentions: Stephen Braswell, Saint Francis; Dante Chakravorti, UC Irvine; Kevin Heine, Ohio State; Kaleb Jenness, Ball State; Matt Leske, Ball State