Off the Block announced on Monday the recipients of the National Position Player of the Week Awards and the National Freshman of the Week.
The National Position Player of the Week Awards recognize the libero, middle attacker, opposite, outside attacker and setter who had the best performances in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the week. In addition, the National Player of the Week is presented to the top freshman from the week in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.
The Off the Block staff determines each award recipient. The winners are announced every week during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.
While there are other weekly national awards in college men’s volleyball, these are the only position-based and freshman-based weekly awards.
Off the Block at the end of the season presents the Lloy Ball Award to the nation’s top setter, Bryan Ivie Award to the nation’s top opposite, the Karch Kiraly Award to the nation’s top outside attacker, the Ryan Millar Award to the nation’s top middle attacker and the Erik Shoji Award to the nation’s top libero. It also presents the Freshmen All-American Team at the end of the regular season.
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Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients
National Setter of the Week: Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
National Opposite of the Week: Dimitrios Mouchlias, Hawai’i
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Jonathan Carlson, Concordia-Irvine
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Dawson Walker, Lincoln Memorial
National Libero of the Week: Curtis Raines, Charleston
National Freshman of the Week: Ido David, UCLA
Quinn Isaacson, Ball State
The graduate setter had 111 assists, 25 digs and eight blocks in a weekend split with No. 9 BYU in Provo.
Dimitrios Mouchlias, Hawai’i
The sophomore opposite had 37 kills on a .469 attack percentage in three matches this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Additionally, he had 13 blocks, include a season-high five versus No. 14 Stanford. On Friday, the Greek native had 19 kills on 26 error-less attempts in two sweeps for the Rainbow Warriors.
Jonathan Carlson, Concordia-Irvine
The graduate outside attacker had a career-high 17 kills on a .441 attack percentage in a four-game victory over No. 13 UC San Diego in La Jolla. Carlson also chipped in a team-high 10 digs for his first ever double-double.
Dawson Walker, Lincoln Memorial
The sophomore middle attacker had 16 kills on 22 error-less attempts in a pair of sweeps for the Railspitters. The 11 kills that Walker recorded on Friday night versus Erskine was a season-high. Walker is error-less in terms of attacking in five of the six matches Lincoln Memorial has played this year.
Curtis Raines, Charleston
The freshman libero had 11 digs in each match this weekend, as the Golden Eagles split their EIVA opening series with St. Francis Brooklyn.
Ido David, UCLA
The freshman opposite had 39 kills (on a .412 attack percentage) and four aces in a pair of victories over No. 15 UCLA. Entering this past weekend, the Israeli native had 31 kills in four matches.