A nationwide voting committee selected 11 players to the annual Off the Block Freshmen All-America Team that was unveiled Thursday.
The Off the Block Freshmen All-America Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the 10 year Off the Block has presented the national honor, which remains the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball.
Emmanuel, George Mason, Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Long Beach State, Loyola, NJIT, North Greenville, Purdue Fort Wayne, UC Irvine and UCLA each had one freshman on make the team.
Players eligible for this award must have been listed as a freshman or redshirt freshman on the active roster for a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.
A voting committee of about 20 men’s volleyball coaches and volleyball media members determined the Freshmen All-American Team.
A player making the Freshmen All-America Team had to be among the top 10 vote-getters and appear on at least one-fourth of all the fully submitted voting ballots. A tie in the voting resulted in an additional player making the team this year.
Long Beach State outside attacker Alex Nikolov received the most votes from the nationwide voting committee.
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.
Off the Block annually presents college men’s volleyball national awards to recognize outstanding individual performances in the sport. Along with the Freshmen All-America Team, Off the Block during the regular season presents the National Freshman of the Week.
2022 Off the Block Freshmen All-American Team
Setter: Kohl Kutsch, Lincoln Memorial
Setter: Zach Solomon, Purdue Fort Wayne
Opposite: Parker Van Buren, Loyola
Outside attacker: Gustavo Cavalcanti, Emmanuel
Outside attacker: Hilir Henno, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Alessandro Negri, NJIT
Outside attacker: Alex Nikolov, Long Beach State
Middle attacker: Veit Bils, Limestone
Middle attacker: Michael de la Cruz, North Greenville
Middle attacker: Guy Genis, UCLA
Middle attacker: Lucas Little, George Mason