Lewis middle Mitchem named 2022 National Blocker of Year

Photo by T.J. Breshears

Tack on another accolade to the college career of Lewis middle attacker Tyler Mitchem.

Off the Block announced Monday that a nationwide voting committee selected Mitchem as the winner of the 2022 Off the Block National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block National Blocker of the Year recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season.


Mitchem ended the season third in the nation with a 1.34 blocks per game average and a career-high 128 blocks. The middle attacker had at least five blocks in 18 matches, including a season-high nine blocks in a victory against McKendree.

The voting committee for the National Blocker of the Year was comprised of about 20 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball media members from around the nation. The top three vote-getters were named finalists for the National Blocker of the Year.

Mitchem received 40 votes and edged out the runner-up Ball State middle attacker Felix Egharevba by 13 votes. Hawai’i middle attacker Guilherme Voss finished in third place with 20 votes.

This is the 12th year that Off the Block has presented the National Blocker of the Year.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that launched in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.

2022 National Blocker of the Year voting results

1. Tyler Mitchem, Lewis – 40 votes
2. Felix Egharevba, Ball State – 27 votes
3. Guilherme Voss, Hawai’i – 20 votes
T-4. Austin Wilmot, Pepperdine – 3 votes
T-4. Martin de Chavarria, NJIT – 3 votes
6. Dawson Walker, Lincoln Memorial – 2 votes
7. Guy Genis, UCLA – 1 vote

3 Replies to “Lewis middle Mitchem named 2022 National Blocker of Year”

  1. Tyler,
    That is an incredible accomplishment! I am so very proud of you. I miss you and that whole crew. (And I’ll never forget when you all came to visit when I broke my leg).

    Your future has always been bright and this is one huge thing to add to your sports and life resume!

    Way to go and honored to know you and been able to watch you play in high school!

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