Off the Block announced on Monday the recipients of the National Position Player of the Week Awards and the National Freshman of the Week.
The National Position Player of the Week Awards recognize the libero, middle attacker, opposite, outside attacker and setter who had the best performances in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the week. In addition, the National Player of the Week is presented to the top freshman from the week in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.
The Off the Block staff determines each award recipient. The winners are announced every week during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.
While there are other weekly national awards in college men’s volleyball, these are the only position-based and freshman-based weekly awards.
Off the Block at the end of the season presents the Lloy Ball Award to the nation’s top setter, Bryan Ivie Award to the nation’s top opposite, the Karch Kiraly Award to the nation’s top outside attacker, the Ryan Millar Award to the nation’s top middle attacker and the Erik Shoji Award to the nation’s top libero. It also presents the Freshmen All-American Team at the end of the regular season.
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Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients
National Co-Setter of the Week: Bryce Dvorak, Pepperdine
National Co-Setter of the Week: Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
National Opposite of the Week: Julian Meissner, NJIT
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Kaelen Ingram, Edward Waters
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
National Libero of the Week: Nicklas Eichenberger, Emmanuel
National Freshman of the Week: Gregory Torres, North Greenville
Bryce Dvorak, Pepperdine
Dvorak guided Pepperdine to a rally scoring era single-match record with a .586 attack percentage in a sweep against CSUN on Friday. The setter also helped the Waves hit .403 in a series opening sweep against the Waves on Wednesday.
Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
Isaacson led Ball State with 13 digs and had 62 assists to guide the offense to a .327 attack percentage in a five-game victory against Ohio State on Wednesday. The setter also helped the Cardinals finish with a .388 attack percentage as the team beat Ohio State on Saturday to complete the two-match series sweep.
Julian Meissner, NJIT
Messner led all players with a season-high 31 kills on a .449 as NJIT defeated Charleston in five games in their two-match series finale on Saturday. The opposite also had a match-high 14 kills and hit .385 in the series-opening sweep on Friday.
Kaelen Ingram, Edward Waters
Ingram finished with a match-high 19 kills on a .571 attack percentage as Edward Waters defeated Fort Valley State in four games on Sunday. The outside attacker also added two aces and three block in the road conference win.
Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Mitchem finished with both a team-high 16 kills on a .500 attack percentage and nine blocks in a four-game victory against McKendree on Thursday. In addition, Mitchem led Lewis with 15 kills and six blocks in a five-game loss to McKendree on Saturday.
Nicklas Eichenberger, Emmanuel
Eichenberger led all players with 19 digs in a four-game victory against Barton on Friday. The libero also had a match-high 14 digs in a three-game loss to Mount Olive on Saturday.
Gregory Torres, North Greenville
Torres had both a match-high three aces and 14 kills on a .423 attack percentage as North Greenville swept King on Wednesday to remain in sole possession of first place in the ConfCarolinas. The opposite also led all players with three aces and added eight kills in a non-conference sweep against Queens on Friday.