National Awards and Recipients

Off the Block each college men’s volleyball season presents a variety of player and media awards to recognize outstanding individual performances. Check out the annual national awards organized by Off the Block and the award recipients.

LLOY BALL AWARD
The Lloy Ball Award is given to the nation’s best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and IPFW All-American setter Lloy Ball and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2014
Award winners: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award watch list: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2014-16

BRYAN IVIE AWARD
The Bryan Ivie Award is given to the nation’s best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympian and USC All-American opposite Bryan Ivie and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2015
Award winners: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award watch list: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2015-16

KARCH KIRALY AWARD
The Karch Kiraly Award is given to the nation’s best outside attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and UCLA All-American outside attacker and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2015
Award winners: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award watch list: 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2015-16

ERIK SHOJI AWARD
The Erik Shoji Award is given to the nation’s best libero in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after the current U.S. starting libero and former Stanford All-American libero Erik Shoji and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2016
Award winners: 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2016 | 2017
Award watch list: 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2016

RYAN MILLAR AWARD
The Ryan Millar Award is given to the nation’s best middle attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The annual award is named after former BYU All-American and U.S. Olympian Ryan Millar and is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2016
Award winners: 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2016 | 2017
Award watch list: 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2016

NATIONAL BLOCKER OF THE YEAR
The National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season. This was the first national award organized by Off the Block and each year is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2011
Award winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2011-16

NATIONAL SERVER OF THE YEAR
The National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. The annual award is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2013
Award winners: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2013-16

FLYER AWARD
The Flyer Award is given to the nation’s best player on a NCAA Division II men’s volleyball team during the regular season. The award is named in honor of the former players from the Lewis University men’s volleyball program that helped the Flyers reach six NCAA Tournament appearances. A nationwide voting committee of coaches and media members select the winner of the award.
Inaugural year of award: 2017
Award winners: 2017
Award finalists: 2017

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The International Player of the Year is presented to the best non-U.S. born player in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The award is selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2017
Award winners: 2017
Award finalists: 2017

OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players during the regular season. This is the only Freshmen All-American presented in college men’s volleyball and it selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2014
Award winners: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS (NCAA DIVISION I-II)
The Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. The preseason honors are annually released in December and selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2012
Award winners: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Complete voting results: 2012-17

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS (NCAA DIVISION III)
The Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. The preseason honors are annually released in December and selected by a nationwide voting committee of college men’s volleyball coaches and media members.
Inaugural year of award: 2014
Award winners: 2014 | 2015 | 2017

FAN CHOICE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Fan Choice Player of the Year is an annual bracket-style tournament that recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the season and gives volleyball fans from around the world the chance to decide the winner through online voting. The online contest takes place on the Off the Block website each year in May.
Inaugural year of award: 2011
Award winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week is presented to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshman who had the most outstanding performance during the week. The award is presented each Monday during the regular season and is selected by Off the Block with conferences, teams and fans having the opportunity to nominate players for the award.
Inaugural year of award: 2014
Award winners: 2014 recipients | 2015 recipients | 2016 recipients

MEDIA AWARDS

BEST MEN’S VOLLEYBALL ONLINE COVERAGE OF THE YEAR
This annual national award is presented to the college newspaper that provides the best men’s volleyball online coverage during the regular season. Off the Block conducts a season-long analysis of the online coverage for NCAA men’s volleyball on college newspaper websites from around the nation and selects the winner in April.
Inaugural year of award: 2011
Award winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Award finalists: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

CONFERENCE REPORTERS OF THE YEAR
The Off the Block Men’s Volleyball Conference Reporters of the Year recognizes the best college newspaper reporters covering teams in the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF. Each season Off the Block conducts an analysis of men’s volleyball coverage in college and professional newspapers from around the nation and selects the winners in April.
Inaugural year of award: 2011
Award winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016