Off the Block announced on Monday the recipients of the National Position Player of the Week Awards.
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 men’s volleyball during the week.
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 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.
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Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients
National Setter of the Week: Andrew Rowan, UCLA
National Opposite of the Week: Kupono Browne, BYU
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Matthew Pilch, Queens
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Simon Torwie, Long Beach State
National Libero of the Week: John Jaworski, Daemen
Andrew Rowan, UCLA
Rowan guided the offense to a .439 attack percentage in a four-game victory against No. 5/5 Grand Canyon on Friday. The setter also helped the Bruins hit .448 in a three-game victory against the Antelopes on Saturday to complete the series sweep.
Kupono Browne, BYU
Browne finished with a match-high 22 kills on a .395 attack percentage in a four-game victory against No. 11 USC on Thursday. The opposite also had both a team-high four aces and 16 kills on a .314 attack percentage in another four-game victory against the Trojans on Friday.
Matthew Pilch, Queens
Pilch finished with a match-high 19 kills on a .471 attack percentage and added five blocks in a five game victory against Barton on Tuesday. The outside attacker led all players with 19 kills and hit .429 in a sweep against Belmont Abbey on Friday.
Simon Torwie, Long Beach State
Torwie led all players with a career-high 10 blocks in a sweep against UC San Diego on Friday. The middle attacker also had seven kills on a .600 attack percentage and added six blocks in another sweep against the Tritons on Saturday.
John Jaworski, Daemen
Jaworski finished with a match-high 15 digs as Daemen defeated Long Island in five games on Friday to move into sole possession of first place in the NEC. The libero also had 11 digs in a five-game victory against St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.