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: Henry Wedbush, Princeton
Co-National Opposite of the Week: Mark Frazier, Purdue Fort Wayne
Co-National Opposite of the Week: Jalen Phillips, CSUN
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Cooper Robinson, UCLA
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Ondrej Arabasz, Daemen
National Libero of the Week: Nico Paula, Lewis
Henry Wedbush, Princeton
Wedbush guided the offense to .435 attack percentage and had a match-high eight digs as No. 16 Princeton swept No. 10/10 Princeton on Friday. The setter also helped Princeton hit .330 and had three aces along with a match-high 12 digs in a four-game victory against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.
Mark Frazier, Purdue Fort Wayne
Frazier led Purdue Fort Wayne with a career-high 24 kills on a .306 attack percentage in a five-game overtime victory against No. 8/6 Penn State on Saturday. The pin-hitter also had a team-high 14 kills and defensively contributed 10 digs and six blocks in a five-game victory against Saint Francis on Friday.
Jalen Phillips, CSUN
Phillips finished with 19 kills on a .412 attack percentage and a season-high eight digs in a four-game victory against No. 4/2 Stanford on Saturday. The opposite also had a team-high 11 kills in a loss to the Cardinal on Friday.
Cooper Robinson, UCLA
Robinson had a combined 45 kills and hit .427 in a home-and-home series sweep against No. 7/8 UC Irvine, including having a season-high 23 kills on a .525 attack percentage in the series finale. The outside attacker also had five digs and a season-high eight digs in that series finale.
Ondrej Arabasz, Daemen
Arabasz finished with a season-high 10 kills on a .500 attack percentage and added five blocks in a victory against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara on Friday. The middle attacker also had a combined 11 kills and zero errors on .579 attack percentage against both No. 2/4 Grand Canyon and American International during the weekend.
Nico Paula, Lewis
Paula led all players with a a season-high 17 digs and did not commit a reception error in a four-game victory against McKendree on Saturday. The pin-hitter also had five digs in a four-game victory against Lindenwood on Wednesday.