D’Youville, Lincoln Memorial players named Co-Independent Teams Player of Week

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Memorial athletics

Two players who helped lead their teams to victories are earning a share of a college men’s volleyball honor.

Off the Block announced Monday that D’Youville outside attacker Jacob Malek and middle attacker Dawson Walker were selected as the Off the Block Co-Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Malak finished with a match-high 21 kills on a .469 attack percentage in a four-game victory against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday. The outside attacker also added five digs and two blocks in D’Youville’s first win against a NCAA Division I opponent since 2006.


Walker led all players with six blocks and had six kills on a .500 attack percentage as Lincoln Memorial swept Queens on Friday. In addition, Walker had 10 kills and hit .529 in a sweep against Limestone 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.