A record setting season for Hilir Henno is now capped off with a national award.
Off the Block announced Wednesday that a nationwide voting committee selected the UC Irvine outside attacker as the National Server of the Year.
The Off the Block National Server of the Year is an annual award that recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season.
Henno set a single-season school record with 87 aces and had a nation-best 0.88 aces per game average. The second-year starter had at least five aces in seven matches, including a single-match program record nine aces in a near upset against Penn State in March.
The voting committee for the National Server of the Year was comprised of more than 30 coaches and media members from around the nation. The top three vote-getters were named finalists for the National Server of the Year.
Henno received 102 votes – more than double of the combined vote total of the other two finalists. Penn State opposite Cal Fisher, the 2021 National Server of the Year, finished in second with 23 votes, and Princeton outside attacker Ben Harrington garnered 16 votes.
This is the 11th year that Off the Block has presented the National Server of the Year.
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.
2023 National Server of the Year voting results
1. Hilir Henno, UC Irvine – 102 votes
2. Cal Fisher, Penn State – 23 votes
3. Ben Harrington, Princeton – 16 votes
4. Jakob Thelle, Hawai’i – 10 votes
5. Bradley Peters, Lees-McRae – 5 votes
T-6. Camden Gianni, Grand Canyon – 4 votes
T-6. Andrew Rowan, UCLA – 4 votes
8. Simon Torwie, Long Beach State – 3 votes
T-9. Nate Meyer, Missouri S&T – 1 vote
T-9. Francesco Sani, UC Irvine – 1 vote
T-9. Sotiris Siapanis, Long Beach State – 1 vote
T-9. Keoni Thiim, Hawai’i – 1 vote
T-9. Parker Van Buren, Loyola – 1 vote
T-9. Brett Wildman, Penn State – 1 vote