Daemen opposite named Independent Teams Player of Week

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A senior transfer is earning a college men’s volleyball award following his performance in his first match at the NCAA Division I-II level of play.

Off the Block announced Monday that Daemen opposite Robert Patzer was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Patzer finished with a match-best 11 kills and zero errors on a .846 attack percentage as Daemen swept D’Youville in its season opener on Saturday. The opposite was playing his first match for Daemen after spending three seasons at Wells and earning Division III ACCA All-Region Team honors last season.


The Independent Teams Player of the Week recognizes the best player during the week from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation.

The eight independent teams this season are Alderson Broaddus, Daemen, D’Youville, Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Queens, St. Francis Brooklyn and Tusculum.

Off the Block determines the Independent Teams Player of the Week based on a variety of factors, including a player’s individual performance and how a player’s team fared during the week.

The winner of the Independent Teams Player of the Week is unveiled every week during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that started in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.