Off the Block announced on Monday the recipients of the National Position Player of the Week Awards.
The National Position Player of the Week Awards recognize the libero, middle attacker, opposite, outside attacker and setter who had the best performances in NCAA men’s volleyball during the week.
The Off the Block staff determines each award recipient. The winners are announced every week during the regular season on the Off the Block website, offtheblockblog.com.
While there are other weekly national awards in college men’s volleyball, these are the only position-based weekly awards.
Off the Block at the end of the season presents the Lloy Ball Award to the nation’s top setter, Bryan Ivie Award to the nation’s top opposite, the Karch Kiraly Award to the nation’s top outside attacker, the Ryan Millar Award to the nation’s top middle attacker and the Erik Shoji Award to the nation’s top libero.
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Off the Block Weekly National Award recipients
National Setter of the Week: Cole Bogner, Penn State
National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Sotiris Siapanis, Long Beach State
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Toby Ezeonu, Penn State
National Libero of the Week: Victor Scherer, Central State
Cole Bogner, Penn State
Bogner had 48 assists and guided the offense to a .400 attack percentage in a four-match victory against No. 5/5 Pepperdine on Friday. The setter also helped the team hit .313 as No. 4/4 Penn State beat No. 8/6 Stanford in four games on Saturday.
Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
Jasper had a season-high 23 kills on a .425 attack percentage and led all players with seven digs as Pepperdine defeated No. 15 Lewis in four games on Saturday. The opposite contributed a team-high 21 kills on a .368 attack percentage in a four-game loss to Penn State on Friday.
Sotiris Siapanis, Long Beach State
Siapanis finished with eight aces – the second-most aces in a single match in school history – and added nine kills in a sweep versus Long Island on Friday. The outside attacker also had a match-high 12 kills on a .545 attack percentage in a sweep against George Mason on Saturday.
Toby Ezeonu, Penn State
Ezeonu finished with 10 kills and one error on a .692 attack percentage and added a match-high three blocks in a four-game win against Stanford on Saturday. The middle attacker also had 10 kills and zero errors on a .500 attack percentage in a win against Pepperdine on Friday.
Victor Scherer, Central State
Scherer led all players with a season-high 22 digs in a four-game victory against Maryville on Saturday. The libero also had a match-high 14 digs as Central State swept Missouri S&T on Sunday.