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. 6 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. 6
Shawn Sangrey, Ohio State (2009-12)
Awards and honors during 25-point rally scoring era: Third-Team All-Decade, First-Team MIVA All-Decade, 2011 All-MIVA First Team, 2011 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team, 2012 All-MIVA First Team, 2012 MIVA Player of the Year, 2012 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2012 All-American First Team
Player bio: Sangrey’s 548 kills in 2012 ranks as the third-most single-season kills in program history for kills, while his 5.03 kills per game that season ranks as eighth best. The 5.03 kills per game average also was tops in the nation that season. Sangrey despite missing part of the 2011 season because an emergency appendectomy was among the national leaders with a 3.92 kills per game average and led the Buckeyes to their first NCAA championship. In addition, his 103 career aces and 0.30 aces per game average both rank seventh in program history.
Best players to wear No. 6 by conference
Big West: Gage Worsely, Hawai’i
ConfCarolinas: Don Thompson, Emmanuel
EIVA: Dennis Del Valle, Penn State
MIVA: Shawn Sangrey, Ohio State
MPSF: Wes Dunlap, UCLA
Independents: Brandon Grabow, Queens
Honorable mentions: Sam Greenslade, George Mason; Michael Henchy, Ohio State; Jeff Hogan, Saint Francis; Kolby Kanetake, Hawai’i; Darryl Shank, Purdue Fort Wayne