Queens middle selected as Independent Teams Player of Week

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One of the top defensive performances from Queens this season has resulted in an individual honor.

Off the Block announced Monday that Queens middle attacker JP Payne was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Payne had a season-high eight kills on a .467 attack percentage while adding five blocks in a four-game victory against Coker on Tuesday. The middle attacker also led all players with a season-high seven blocks and contributed four kills in a three-game loss to Belmont Abbey on Friday.


This is the first time this season that a Royal has won the Independent Teams Player of the Week.

The Independent Teams Player of the Week recognizes the best player during the week from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation. The five independent teams this season are Alderson Broaddus, Coker, Daemen, Lincoln Memorial and Queens.

Off the Block determines the Independent Teams Player of the Week based on a variety of factors, including a player’s individual performance and how a player’s team fared during the week.

The winner of the Independent Teams Player of the Week is unveiled every Monday during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that started in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.