Limestone middle attacker Veit Bils is capping off year one in college men’s volleyball with a major individual award.
Off the Block announced Wednesday that a nationwide voting committee selected Bils as the Off the Block Independent Teams Freshman of the Year.
The Independent Teams Freshman of the Year recognizes the best freshman during the season from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that are competing without a conference affiliation. The 11 independent teams this season were American International, Alderson Broaddus, Daemen, D’Youville, Fairleigh Dickinson, Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Long Island, Maryville, Queens or Tusculum.
Bils finished the season in the nation’s top 10 with both a 1.05 blocks per game average and a .412 attack percentage. The middle attacker had double-digit kills in eight matches, including a season-high 13 kills on a .667 attack percentage in a victory against the ConfCarolinas champions North Greenville.
Head coaches from the independent NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams comprised the voting committee for Independent Teams Player of the Year.
This is the fifth year that Off the Block has presented Independent Teams Freshman of the Year.
Along with the Independent Teams Freshman of the Year, Off the Block presents the All-Independent Team and the Independent Teams Player of the Year. The college men’s volleyball website also presents the Independent Teams Player of the Week throughout the regular season.
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.
2022 Independent Teams Freshman of Year voting
1. Veit Bils, Limestone – 13 votes
2. Kohl Kutsch, Lincoln Memorial – 12 votes
3. Paul Stommel, Limestone – 11 votes
4. Luke Chandler, Long Island – 6 votes
5. Deklan Wingo, Tusculum – 3 votes
6. Jack Lydon, Fairleigh Dickinson – 2 votes
7. Grady Hoffman, Fairleigh Dickinson – 1 vote