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: Chris Hall, USC
National Opposite of the Week: Kevin Kobrine, UCLA
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Alex Nikolov, Long Beach State
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Martin de Chavarria, NJIT
National Libero of the Week: Jordan Guillermo, Queens
National Freshman of the Week: Carlos Pinto, Central State
Chris Hall, USC
Hall guided the offense to a .523 attack percentage and added a match-high nine digs as USC swept BYU on Saturday to complete the two-match series sweep. The setter also helped USC hit .327 and led all players with 10 digs in a four-game victory against BYU on Friday.
Kevin Kobrine, UCLA
Kobrine had a match-high 14 kills and zero errors on a .519 attack percentage as UCLA swept Grand Canyon on Saturday in the series finale. In addition, Kobrine had both a team-high nine kills and three aces in a series opening sweep on Friday.
Alex Nikolov, Long Beach State
Nikolov finished with both a match-high 19 kills on a .351 attack percentage and three aces as Long Beach State defeated NJIT in four games on Friday. The freshman outside attacker also led all players with both four aces along with 12 kills and zero errors on a .600 attack percentage in a sweep against Long Island on Saturday.
Martin de Chavarria, NJIT
de Chavarria had a match-high five blocks and added six kills on a .500 attack percentage in a road sweep against CSUN on Thursday. The middle attacker also led all players with seven blocks and had nine kills on a .421 attack percentage in a four-game loss to Long Beach State.
Jordan Guillermo, Queens
Guillermo finished with 16 digs in a four-game victory against Barton on Wednesday. The libero also had eight digs in a three-game loss to King on Saturday.
Carlos Pinto, Central State
Pinto had a match-high 19 kills on a .417 attack percentage and added two aces as Central State defeated Fort Valley State in five games on Friday. The outside attacker also had three aces and a match-high 11 digs in a sweep against Morehouse on Saturday.