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. 25 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. 25
Nick Amado, Long Beach State (2017-19)
Awards and honors: 2018 Second-Team All-American, 2018 First-Team All-Big West, 2019 Second-Team All-American
Player bio: Amado in his first season in the starting lineup finished fifth in the nation with a 1.19 blocks per game average as Long Beach State won its first NCAA championship in almost 30 years. The following season Amado was in the nation’s top 25 averaging 0.96 blocks per game and had a .545 attack percentage as the Beach completed its championship repeat. Amado concluded his college career hitting .497 — the best career attack percentage in program history.
Best players to wear No. 25 by conference
Big West: Nick Amado, Long Beach State
ConfCarolinas: William Morris, Belmont Abbey
EIVA: Junior Oboh, Princeton
MIVA: Matthew Kinnebrew, Grand Canyon
MPSF: Lucas Yoder, USC
Honorable mentions: Iain McKellar, Hawai’i; Milosh Stojcic, UC San Diego; Haotian Xia, UC Santa Barbara