Long Beach libero Briggs wins 2022 Steve Shondell Award

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Long Beach State libero Mason Briggs is capping off his sophomore season with another national honor.

Off the Block announced Monday that a nationwide voting committee selected Briggs as the 2022 recipient of the Steve Shondell Award.

The Steve Shondell Award is presented to the nation’s best passer in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. The award is named after the Hall of Fame coach and former Ball State setter Steve Shondell


Briggs finished the season with 522 receptions and had a 95.8 percent successful passing rating as he helped lead Long Beach State to the NCAA Tournament finals. The libero did not commit a reception error in 13 matches, including having a streak of five consecutive matches without a reception error.

The voting committee for the Steve Shondell Award 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 Steve Shondell Award.

Briggs received 35 votes to beat out the runner-up Penn State libero Will Bantle by 28 votes. Stanford libero Justin Lui finished in third place with six votes.

This is the third year that Off the Block has presented the Steve Shondell Award.

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 Steve Shondell Award voting results

1. Mason Briggs, Long Beach State – 35 votes
2. Will Bantle, Penn State – 7 votes
3. Justin Lui, Stanford – 6 votes
4. Troy Gooch, Purdue Fort Wayne – 4 votes
T-5. Chaz Galloway, Hawai’i – 3 votes
T-5. Matt Palma, UC San Diego – 3 votes
T-5. Nicola Iannelli, St. Francis Brooklyn – 3 votes
T-5. Nicklas Eichenberger, Emmanuel – 3 votes
T-5. Cole Pender, UCLA – 3 votes
10. Ryan Wilcox, UC Santa Barbara – 2 votes
T-11. Avery Pohlman, Maryville – 1 vote
T-11. Ryan Pecsok, UC Santa Barbara – 1 vote
T-11. Brett Wildman, Penn State – 1 vote