Recipients unveiled for Off the Block National Weekly Awards

Photo courtesy of Ohio State athletics

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,

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.

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 Weekly National Award recipients

National Setter of the Week: Michael Wright, Ohio State
National Opposite of the Week: Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Ras Jesse Delancy, Benedict
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Teon Taylor, BYU
National Libero of the Week: Daniel Cerqua, Belmont Abbey

Michael Wright, Ohio State
Wright guided the offense to a .314 attack percentage as No. 15 Ohio State upset No. 1/1 Penn State on Tuesday. The setter in conference wins also helped Ohio State hit .336 against Lindenwood on Friday and a season-high .604 against Quincy on Saturday.

Jaylen Jasper, Pepperdine
Jasper tied a single-match school record with 37 kills on a .443 attack percentage and added six blocks as No. 7/7 Pepperdine lost in five games to No. 8/8 BYU on Friday. The opposite also had 15 kills and six blocks in a five-game loss to BYU on Saturday.

Ras Jesse Delancy, Benedict
Delancy led all players with a season-high 36 kills in a five-game conference victory against Fort Valley State on Friday. The outside attacker also had 16 kills in a three-game loss to Edward Waters on Saturday.

Teon Taylor, BYU
Taylor finished with a match-high eight blocks and had six kills on a .625 attack percentage in a five-game victory against No. 7/7 Pepperdine on Friday. The middle attacker also led all players with nine blocks in a five-game win against Pepperdine on Saturday.

Daniel Cerqua, Belmont Abbey
Cerqua finished with a combined 35 digs in three victories last week, including 13 digs in a win against Mount Olive on Saturday. The libero also committed one reception error in those three matches.