MVP, All-Tournament Team unveiled for 2019 Grow the Game Challenge

Photo by Jay Sowers

Sixteen college men’s volleyball players were selected to the All-Tournament Team for the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge presented by MotorMVB.

The Grow the Game Challenge was a three-day non-conference tournament that featured 10 teams and took place Friday through Sunday at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Check out all the players make the All-Tournament Team and who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.


NCAA Division I-II Grow the Game Challenge Most Valuable Player

Vasilis Mandilaris, Barton

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Mandilaris had a combined 40 kills in three victories to help Barton win the tournament championship. The senior opened the tournament with a season-high 17 kills along with four blocks and six digs in an upset victory against No. 15 Grand Canyon on Friday. He also 15 kills while hitting .367 as Barton beat USC in four games on Saturday.

NCAA Division I-II Grow the Game Challenge All-Tournament Team

Vasilis Mandilaris, Barton (Most Valuable Player)
Angelos Mandilaris, Barton
Aleksa Brkovic, Barton
Caleb Blazer, Grand Canyon
Christian Janke, Grand Canyon
Ryan Moss, USC
Jack Wyett, USC
Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial
Connor Hipelius, Lindenwood
Blake Sprecher, Quincy

NCAA Division III/NAIA Grow the Game Challenge Most Valuable Player

Josh Farley, Fontebonne

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Farley finished with a combined 24 kills in two matches, including a career-high 13 kills in a sweep against Bluefield College. He also had 11 kills on a .563 attack percentage and added five blocks as Fontbonne swept Cumberland on Saturday to clinch the Grow the Game Challenge championship.

NCAA Division III/NAIA Grow the Game Challenge All-Tournament Team

Josh Farley, Fontbonne (Most Valuable Player)
Emir Hadzisalihovic, Fontbonne
Brendon Schwartze, Fontbonne
Alberto Chiaparini, Bluefield
Chaz Franqui, Bluefield
Christian Lester, Cumberland