Long Island outside named Independent Teams Player of Week

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An outside attacker who helped lead Long Island to two victories against future conference opponents is earning a college men’s volleyball honor.

Off the Block announced Monday that Luke Chandler was selected as the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Week.

Chandler had a match-high four aces and led Long Island with 12 kills in a five-game victory against St. Francis Brooklyn on Tuesday. The outside attacker also led all players with 14 kills and four aces as Long Island defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in five games on Saturday.


Along with these performances, Chandler had a match-high 18 kills in a four-game loss to Sacred Heart on Friday.

Long Island, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson are all members of the NEC, a multi-sport conference that will sponsor men’s volleyball starting in 2023.

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.