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: Nicholas Slight, Grand Canyon
National Opposite of the Week: Cal Fisher, Penn State
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Tinaishe Ndavazocheva, Ball State
National Middle Attacker of the Week: J.R. Norris IV, UCLA
National Co-Libero of the Week: Taylan Cook, CSUN
National Co-Libero of the Week: Jacob Reilly, Concordia-Irvine
Nicholas Slight, Grand Canyon
Slight guided the offense to .415 attack percentage and had a match-high seven digs as No. 9/8 Grand Canyon defeated No. 7/6 UC Irvine in four games on Friday. The setter also had 57 assists and led the Antelopes to a .333 attack percentage in a five-game victory against the Anteaters on Saturday to complete the two-match series sweep.
Cal Fisher, Penn State
Fisher returning to the court after being sidelined for the first month of the season finished with 13 kills on a .429 attack percentage and added nine digs in a four-game victory against No. 10 USC on Friday. The opposite also had both a match-high three aces and 15 kills on a .367 attack percentage as No. 4/4 Penn State defeated No. 2/2 UCLA in four games on Saturday.
Tinaishe Ndavazocheva, Ball State
Ndavazocheva led all players with a season-high 24 kills on a .476 attack percentage and had a season-high 10 digs in a four-game loss to No. 11 BYU on Thursday. The outside attacker also had a team-high 19 kills and hit .310 as No. 8/9 Ball State beat BYU in four games on Saturday.
J.R. Norris IV, UCLA
Norris had seven kills and zero errors on a .583 attack percentage along with two aces and three blocks in a four-game victory against No. 13 Ohio State on Friday. The middle attacker also had 11 kills on a .600 attack percentage and two blocks in a four-game loss to Penn State on Saturday.
Taylan Cook, CSUN
Cook led all players with a season-high 20 digs in a five-game upset victory No. 6/7 Stanford on Friday.
Jacob Reilly, Concordia-Irvine
Reilly finished with a season-high 19 digs as Concordia-Irvine upset No. 12/10 Loyola in four games on Thursday.