Coker opposite Cabral wins OTB/Springbak National Player of Year

Fans from around the world have spoken and Coker opposite Artur Cabral is the 2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice National Player of the Year.

Cabral received almost 4,000 votes in the four-person championship round to win the annual college men’s volleyball national award that is solely decided by the fans.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice Player of the Year is a 64-player 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 decide the winner through online voting. The five-round tournament had more than 30,000 combined votes this year, including more than 7,000 votes in the championship round.


Cabral received 56.3 percent of the vote in the championship round and had more votes than all three of the other finalists combined.

Cabral earned a spot in the tournament after being named the 2015 Off the Block Independent Player of the Year. The sophomore opposite finished the regular season in the nation’s top 10 with both a 3.90 kills per game average and a 0.57 aces per game average.

Erskine outside attacker Michael Michelau ended the Fan Choice National Player the Year championship round in second place with 20.7 percent of the vote. In addition, Lewis opposite Eric Fitterer came in third place with 12.8 percent of the vote, while UC Irvine libero was fourth with 10.2 percent of the vote.

This is the fifth year of the Fan Choice Player of the Year. Several volleyball organizations present National Player of the Year awards, but this contest is the only National Player of the Year award solely decided by the fans.

Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the Fan Choice Player of the Year. Springbak, Inc. 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.