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. 7 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. 7
Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine (2012-13)
Awards and honors: Second-Team All-Decade, 2012 First-Team All-MPSF, 2012 First-Team All-American, 2013 First-Team All-MPSF, 2013 First-Team All-American
Player bio: The French native spent his first two years at Thompson Rivers in Canada before transferring to UC Irvine and leading the Anteaters to back-to-back NCAA championships. Tillie’s .387 attack percentage in 2012 ranked third nationally, while his 3.80 kills per game ranked No. 11. Tillie led the 2013 team and was in the top 20 nationally for aces per game average, attack percentage, and kills per game average. Tillie finished his UC Irvine career with 3.76 kills per game average and a .360 attack percentage.
Best players to wear No. 7 by conference
Big West: Aaron Koubi, UC Irvine
ConfCarolinas: Nick Drooker, King
EIVA: Edgardo Goas, Penn State
MIVA: Matt Gallik, Lewis
MPSF: Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine
Independents: Erik Arroyo, Alderson Broaddus
Honorable mentions: Michael Fisher, Saint Francis; Daniel Ford, Saint Francis; JD Gasparovic, Ball State; Mitch Stahl, UCLA; Josh Walker, Hawai’i