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: Jamal Ellis Carballo, Fairleigh Dickinson
National Outside Attacker of the Week: James Chretien, Limestone
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Merrick McHenry, UCLA
National Libero of the Week: Mason Briggs, Long Beach State
Cole Bogner, Penn State
Bogner guided the offense to a .369 attack percentage in a sweep against No. 15 Charleston on Friday. The setter also helped No. 3/3 Penn State hit .409 and had a match-high six digs in a four-game victory against Charleston on Saturday.
Jamal Ellis Carballo, Fairleigh Dickinson
Ellis Carballo had both a match-high 19 kills on a .607 attack percentage and three aces in an upset victory against Daemen. The opposite led all players with both four aces and 17 kills on a .314 attack percentage in a sweep against D’Youville on Saturday.
James Chretien, Limestone
Chretien finished with a match-high 15 kills and added 14 digs in a four-game victory against Maryville on Saturday. The outside attacker also had a team-high 11 digs and 15 kills on a .355 attack percentage in a five-game victory against Queens on Friday.
Merrick McHenry, UCLA
McHenry had a match-high seven blocks and contributed nine kills on a .533 attack percentage in a four-game victory against No. 9 Pepperdine on Thursday. The middle attacker also had both a team-high 14 kills and zero errors on a .737 attack percentage and 12 blocks in a sweep against the Waves on Saturday.
Mason Briggs, Long Beach State
Briggs did not commit a reception error and had a kill in a sweep against No. 5/6 UC Irvine on Friday. The libero also had a match-high 12 digs in a five-game victory against the Anteaters.