Off the Block announces All-Americans of the Month recipients

Photo courtesy of Long Beach State

Off the Block announced Wednesday the 12 college men’s volleyball players selected as All-Americans of the Month for January.

The All-Americans of the Month recognizes the top individual performances throughout a calendar month of the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball regular season.

The Off the Block staff determines the monthly All-American Team for each January, February and March during the regular season. While there are weekly and end of season national awards, this is the monthly honor in college men’s volleyball.

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All-Americans of the Month (January 2022)

Setter: Cole Bogner, Penn State
Setter: Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
Setter: Jakob Thelle, Hawai’i
Outside attacker; Tobi Azeez, Mount Olive
Outside attacker: Camden Gianni, Grand Canyon
Outside attacker: Kaleb Jenness, Ball State
Outside attacker: Sam Kobrine, USC
Outside attacker: Alex Nikolov, Long Beach State
Middle attacker: Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Middle attacker: Austin Wilmot, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Guy Genis, UCLA
Libero: Mason Briggs, Long Beach State

All-Americans of the Month player bios

Tobi Azeez, Mount Olive
Azeez ended the month seventh in the nation with a 4.06 kills per game average on a .323 attack percentage. The outside attacker had at least 15 kills in all four matches, including a team-high 19 kills in a victory against George Mason.


Cole Bogner, Penn State
Bogner averaged 10.29 assists per game and guided the Nittany Lions to a conference-best .305 attack percentage. The setter also opened the season with at least one ace in six consecutive matches.

Mason Briggs, Long Beach State
Briggs had double-digit digs in two matches against top-10 nationally ranked teams during the month, including a career-high 19 digs in a win versus Lewis. The libero also had 110 service receptions and successfully passed 94.5 percent of those serves.

Guy Genis, UCLA
Genis had more than a .500 attack percentage in three consecutive matches to open the season and hit .558 for January. The freshman middle attacker also had a season-high five blocks in a victory against Penn State.

Camden Gianni, Grand Canyon
Gianni was second in the nation with a 0.71 aces per game average during January and had a season-high four aces in a victory against UC San Diego. The outside attacker also had double-digit kills in all seven matches and hit .321.

Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
Isaacson led the nation with a 12.20 assists per game average and guided the Ball State offense to a nation-best .444 attack percentage in January. The setter also led the country averaging 0.87 aces per game, including having five aces in a victory against the defending NCAA champions Hawai’i on Monday.

Kaleb Jenness, Ball State
Jenness finished the month second in the country with a 4.64 kills per game average on a .432 attack percentage. The outside attacker had a combined 39 kills and hit .400 in a two-match series sweep against Hawai’i.

Sam Kobrine, USC
Kobrine capped off the month with a combined 36 kills on .576 attack percentage in home-and-home series sweep against UC Irvine last week. The outside attacker finished the month with at least 15 kills in four matches and at least one ace in six matches.

Alex Nikolov, Long Beach State
Nikolov ended the month fourth in the nation with a 4.27 kills per game average on a .384 attack percentage, including having more than 20 kills in back-to-back matches against Penn State and Ohio State last week. The freshman also had multiple aces in four matches and was highlighted with a season-high four aces against Harvard in the season opener.

Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Mitchem during January was in the nation’s top five with both a 1.48 blocks per game average and a .513 attack percentage. In addition, the middle attacker had double-digit kills in four of the Flyers’ seven matches.

Jakob Thelle, Hawai’i
Thelle guided the Hawai’i offense to more than a .350 attack percentage in all four matches the setter started in January. The 2021 Lloy Ball Award finalist had at least three aces in each of those four matches, including a match-high six aces in a season-opening sweep against Loyola.

Austin Wilmot, Pepperdine
Wilmot was fourth in the nation with a .477 attack percentage and in five matches during the month had a combine three errors. In addition, the middle attacker finished the month in the nation’s top 10 with a 1.19 blocks per game average.