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. 26 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. 26
Brady Markle, Lees-McRae (2013-15)
Awards and honors: ConfCarolinas First-Team All-Decade, 2014 First-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2015 ConfCarolinas Player of the Year; 2015 First-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2015 All-American Honorable Mention
Player bio: Markle remains the only player in Lees-McRae program history to win the ConfCarolinas Player of the Year. The outside attacker earned the top conference honor in 2015 after finishing with a nation-best 5.23 kills per game average. He also had at least 20 kills in 10 matches that season, including a career-high 38 kills on a .526 attack percentage in a victory against North Greenville. Along with his performance during his final college season, Markle in 2014 finished in the nation’s top 10 with a 3.92 kills per game average and earned all-conference honors.
Best players to wear No. 26 by conference
Big West: Mitchell Bollinger, Long Beach State
ConfCarolinas: Brady Markle, Lees-McRae
MIVA: Shane McAdams, Quincy
MPSF: Cory Swartzbaugh, UC San Diego
Independents: Spencer Lane, Concordia-Irvine