A nationwide voting committee selected Pacific middle attacker Tommy Carmody as the 2014 recipient of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. 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.
Carmody finished the regular season second in the nation with a 1.60 blocks per game average. The junior playing in Pacific’s final season before the university disbands the program also led the MPSF with 30 solo blocks and 144 total blocks.
Along with his overall season statistics, Carmody set Pacific’s single-match record during the rally scoring era with 15 blocks in a five-game loss to Cal State Northridge in January.
Carmody was one of three finalists for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year and defeated runner-up Ball State middle attacker Matt Leske by six votes. BYU middle attacker Michael Hatch finished in third place in the voting.
This is the fourth year of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year. Previous winners include BYU All-American middle attacker Futi Tavana in 2011, USC middle attacker Robert Feathers in 2012 and UC Santa Barbara All-American middle attacker Dylan Davis in 2013.
The voting committee for this award was comprised of more than 20 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation.
Off the Block is a website that launched in January 2011 and has become among the nation’s leading media outlets for college men’s volleyball news and analysis. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the 2014 National Blocker of the Year and produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.
VOTING RESULTS: NATIONAL BLOCKER OF THE YEAR
1. Tommy Carmody, Pacific — 48 votes
2. Matt Leske, Ball State — 42 votes
3. Michael Hatch, BYU — 21 votes
4. Taylor Averill, Hawai’i — 13 votes
T-5. Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State — 3 votes
T-5. Nick Olson, Loyola — 3 votes
T-5. Jeff Ornee, Long Beach State — 3 votes
T-5. Bobby Walsh, Lewis — 3 votes
9. Nikola Antonijevic, Pepperdine — 2 votes
T-10. Thomas Hodges, Pacific — 1 vote
T-10. Joel Muhlbach, Limestone — 1 vote
T-10. Caleb Zimmick, Harvard — 1 vote