Championship round set for OTB, Frisco Mo National Player of Month

Six players based on your votes have an opportunity to win a college men’s volleyball national award for their outstanding performances in March.

Hawai’i’s Patrick Gasman, Rado Parapunov and Jakob Thelle; King’s Noah Melendez; Lincoln Memorial’s Justin Sharfenaker; and Ohio State’s Sotiris Siapanis all advanced to the championship round of the National Player of the Month.

The Off the Block/Frisco Mo National Player of the Month recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the month and gives volleyball fans from around the world the chance to determine who was the best player.

The National Player of the Month is a two-round event with the opening round consisting of finalists being placed into one of five ballots based on their position. The five winners on the position ballots advanced to the championship round, along with the runner-up who received the most votes.

Online voting for the championship round is underway, and the polls will close at 10 p.m. (CST) Friday. The individual receiving the most votes will be the National Player of the Month for March.


While there are several weekly awards in college men’s volleyball, this is the only monthly national award presented in the sport. It is also one of the two national awards determined solely by the fans.

Check out the finalists below and cast your vote for the National Player of the Month in March.

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OTB/Frisco Mo National Player of the Month

Patrick Gasman, Hawai’i — Gasman had at least five blocks in two matches and more than five kills in four matches, including a career-high 14 kills in a victory against UC Santa Barbara.

Noah Melendez, King — Melendez had double-digit digs in six matches and at least 20 digs in two matches during the month, including a season-high 23 digs against Mount Olive.

Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i — Parapunov had double-digit kills in every match during March, including having both a season-high 20 kills and four aces in a sweep against UC Santa Barbara on March 13.

Justin Sharfenaker, Lincoln Memorial — Sharfenaker had double-digit kills in five March matches, including a match-high 15 kills and five aces in a sweep against Queens during the weekend.

Sotiris Siapanis, Ohio State — Siapanis had double-digit kills in all five of Ohio State’s matches in March, including having back-to-back matches with at least 20 kills.

Jakob Thelle, Hawai’i — Thelle guided Hawai’i to more than a .300 attack percentage in all five matches during March and had at least five digs in each of those matches.