The tournament field is set and now it’s time to determine which the region of the world has produced the best recent college men’s volleyball players.
The Off the Block Games concludes today with the championship match between Team East Coast and Team Illinois.
This inaugural event pits 24 teams against each other with the fans deciding the winner of every match through online voting on the Off the Block website. Each of the 24 teams — 11 U.S. teams and 13 international teams — is comprised of players from a specific region who competed in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the 25-point rally scoring era.
The tournament field was reduced to two teams following the preliminary round, quarterfinals and semifinals.
When casting their ballots in the finals, fans are encouraged to vote based on the players’ skills and abilities while in college.
Below are the semifinal polls along with the roster breakdowns of each team. The polls close at 10 p.m. (CST) Tuesday.
Setter: BJ Boldog, Lewis
Opposite: Joseph Smalzer, Loyola
Outside attacker: Thomas Jaeschke, Loyola
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Middle attacker: Jeff Jendryk, Loyola
Libero: Michael Simmons, Lewis
Outside attacker: Greg Petty, Lewis
Outside attacker: Jay Petty, Lewis
Middle attacker: Bobby Walsh, Lewis
Roster accolades: BJ Boldog (Third-Team All-Decade, MIVA First-Team All-Decade, three-time All-American); Joe Smalzer (MIVA First-Team All-Decade, two-time All-American, two-time National Server of the Year, 2013 MIVA Player of the Year); Thomas Jaeschke (First-Team All-Decade, MIVA First-Team All-Decade, two-time All-American, two-time MIVA Player of the Year, 2015 National Player of the Year, 2015 National Server of the Year); David Wieczorek (Second-Team All-Decade, two-time All-American, two-time MPSF Player of the Year, two-time Karch Kiraly Award finalist); Tyler Mitchem (two-time All-American, two-time Ryan Millar Award finalist); Jeff Jendryk (First-Team All-Decade, MIVA First-Team All-Decade, four-time All-American, three-time Ryan Millar Award finalist, 2015 National Newcomer of the Year); Michael Simmons (three-time All-MIVA); Greg Petty (2015 All-American); Jay Petty (MIVA Second-Team All-Decade, 2012 All-American); Bobby Walsh (Third-Team All-Decade, MIVA Second-Team All-Decade, two-time All-American, 2015 National Blocker of the Year)
Team East Coast
Setter: Christy Blough, Ohio State
Opposite: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Outside attacker: Aaron Russell, Penn State
Outside attacker: Chris Nugent, Penn State
Middle attacker: Junior Oboh, Princeton
Middle attacker: Jason Donorovich, Penn State
Libero: Joshua Ayzenberg, Sacred Heart
Outside attacker: Liam Maxwell, Belmont Abbey
Opposite: Hayden Wagner, George Mason
Outside attacker: Brett Wildman, Penn State
Roster accolades: Christy Blough (MIVA Second-Team All-Decade, two-time All-American, two-time Lloy Ball Award finalist); Jaylen Jasper (three-time All-MPSF); Chris Nugent (EIVA Second-Team All-Decade, 2017 All-American, 2016 EIVA Player of the Year); Junior Oboh (EIVA Second-Team All-Decade); Jason Donorovich (two-time All-EIVA); Joshua Ayzenberg (EIVA Second-Team All-Decade, 2017 Erik Shoji Award finalist); Liam Maxwell (three-time All-ConfCarolinas, 2020 ConfCarolinas Offensive Player of the Year); Hayden Wagner (EIVA Second-Team All-Decade); Brett Wildman (two-time All-EIVA, 2020 EIVA Player of the Year)