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: David Flores, Ball State
National Opposite of the Week: Clarke Godbold, Long Beach State
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Alex Knight, UCLA
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Nathaniel Gates, Stanford
National Libero of the Week: Trevor Treser, Mount Olive
David Flores, Ball State
Flores guided the offense to a .375 attack percentage and had a match-high nine digs in a sweep against No. 10/8 Loyola on Thursday. The setter also led the Cardinals to a .381 attack percentage as No. 11 Ball State swept Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday to win a share of the MIVA regular season championship.
Clarke Godbold, Long Beach State
Godbold led all players with a career-high 32 kills on a .571 attack percentage in a five-game victory against No. 15 CSUN on Friday. The opposite also had nine kills on a .421 attack percentage and added three blocks in a sweep against the Matadors on Saturday.
Alex Knight, UCLA
Knight had a match-high 12 kills on a .500 attack percentage and added six digs in a sweep against No. 12 USC on Thursday. The outside attacker also contributed 11 kills and hit .476 in another sweep against the Trojans on Saturday.
Nathaniel Gates, Stanford
Gates finished with a season-high 13 kills on a .667 attack percentage and added five blocks in a five-game victory against No. 6/5 Grand Canyon on Saturday. The middle attacker also had six blocks and four kills on a .800 attack percentage in a sweep against the Antelopes on Friday to open the two-match series.
Trevor Treser, Mount Olive
Treser had double-digit digs in three matches last week, including a season-high 18 digs in a four-game loss to Lincoln Memorial on Friday. The libero also did not commit a service reception error in two of the three matches.