UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga is the inaugural winner of the Off the Block Fan Choice Offseason Award.
Quiroga received 324 votes and 32.5 percent of the total vote out of almost 1,000 online votes cast for this national collegiate men’s volleyball award.
The Offseason Award recognizes the best performances from current NCAA men’s volleyball players in international tournaments during the summer and gives volleyball fans from around the nation the chance to determine who had the best performance through online voting.
Quiroga had a tournament-best 141 kills through the first two rounds of the Boys’ Youth World Championship in August and led Argentina to a fifth-place finish at the tournament. The outside attacker’s best World Championship match came in a first-round victory against the United States when he finished with a match-high 27 kills.
As a freshman for UCLA last season, Quiroga had a team-high 2.73 kills per game average and was named to the Second-Team All-MPSF and the All-MPSF Freshman Team.
Quiroga was one of eight finalists selected by Off the Block for this inaugural award. The other finalists included UCLA middle attacker Thomas Amberg, USC setter Micah Christenson, UC Irvine outside attacker Carson Clark, UC Santa Barbara middle attacker Dylan Davis, Penn State middle attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Pepperdine outside attacker Matthew Tarantino.
Fans determined the winner of the Offseason Award through online voting on the Off the Block website. Off the Block received 997 votes during the two-day voting period.
This was the second award presented by Off the Block that allowed the fans to determine the winner. More than 10,000 people in May voted for the 2011 Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year, which Loyola outside attacker Mike Bunting won.
Below is the final results from the Off the Block Fan Choice Offseason Award.