Tusculum middle named Independent Teams Player of Week

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A middle attacker who helped lead Tusculum to two victories last week is now earning a college men’s volleyball honor.

Shaphar Grant was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Grant finished with a match-high 12 blocks and added 12 kills on a .500 attack percentage as Tusculum defeated Emmanuel on Tuesday. The middle attacker also led Tusculum with 10 kills and hit .529 in a sweep against Southern Virginia on Saturday.


Along with the performances in those two wins, Grant had 10 kills on a .571 attack percentage in a loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday.

The 11 independent teams in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball this season are Alderson Broaddus, American International, Daemen, D’Youville, Fairleigh Dickinson Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Long Island, Maryville Queens and Tusculum.

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 week 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.