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: Francisco Pomar, Erskine
National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Dillon Klein, USC
National Co-Middle Attacker of the Week: Toby Ezeonu, Penn State
National Co-Middle Attacker of the Week: Merrick McHenry, UCLA
National Libero of the Week: Kyle Deutschmann, Lindenwood
Francisco Pomar, Erskine
Pomar guided the offense to a season-high .380 attack percentage and had back-to-back blocks late in the fourth game to secure a victory against North Greenville on Tuesday. The setter also had a season-high 61 assists and helped the team hit .338 in a four-game road win against Belmont Abbey.
Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
Jasper led all players with a season-high 30 kills on a .578 attack percentage in a five-game loss to No. 5/4 Grand Canyon on Wednesday. The opposite also had a match-high 23 kills and hit .487 as No. 7/8 Pepperdine rallied from a two-game deficit to Grand Canyon in five games on Friday.
Dillon Klein, USC
Klein finished with a season-high 29 kills on a .365 attack percentage in a five-game victory against No. 9/10 Stanford on Sunday. In addition, Klein contributed 13 kills and a season-high eight digs in a four-game loss to Stanford on Friday.
Toby Ezeonu, Penn State
Ezeonu led all players with a season-high 14 kills on a .765 attack percentage and added a match-high four blocks in a sweep against NJIT on Saturday. The middle attacker had eight kills and hit .538 in a sweep against NJIT on Friday.
Merrick McHenry, UCLA
McHenry led UCLA with both seven blocks and 15 kills on a .636 attack percentage in a four-game victory against No. 6/6 UC Irvine on Sunday. The middle attacker also had 10 kills on a .529 attack percentage in a four-game win against the Anteaters on Friday.
Kyle Deutschmann, Lindenwood
Deutschmann had 10 digs along with a match-high 44 service receptions and did not commit a reception error in a five-game victory against No. 11 Ohio State on Saturday. The libero also had a match-high 13 digs and did not commit a reception error in a five-game loss to No. 12 Ball State on Friday.