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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 2

May 19, 2011

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best college men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first round, 32 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the 16 second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Thursday. The winners will advance to the third round Friday.

Check out the second-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.

[Editor's note: The poll results for the second round matches Murphy Troy vs. Joshua Walker and Joe Sander vs. Jay Petty are not appearing for some people when viewing this page. Walker defeated Troy 147-132 and Sander defeated Petty 144-37.]

Sean Rooney Region

No. 1 seed Murphy Troy, USC outside attacker
Troy was the AVCA National Player of the Year and finished in the nation’s top 15 with a 4.00 kills per game average, a 0.40 aces per game average and a .358 attack percentage. The senior co-captain was also named a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF player as the Trojans advanced to the Final Four.
No. 9 seed Joshua Walker, Hawai’i outside attacker
Walker was in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.54 kills per game average and .332 attack percentage. The senior Second-Team All-MPSF selection also led the team with a 0.28 aces per game average. Hawai’i finished the season fifth in the MPSF.


No. 7 seed Maurice Torres, Pepperdine outside attacker
Torres was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 15 with both a 4.04 kills per game average and 0.38 aces per game average. The sophomore also was second on the team with a .257 attack percentage as Pepperdine finished in ninth place in the MPSF.
No. 2 seed Brad Lawson, Stanford outside attacker
Lawson was seventh in the nation with a 4.33 kills per game average and led the team with a 0.47 aces per game average. The junior and 2010 MPSF Offensive Player of the Year was named a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF player as Stanford finished the season ranked No. 6 in the nation.


No. 3 seed Cory Yoder, UC Irvine outside attacker
Yoder led all outside attacker in the nation and was fourth overall with a .409 attack percentage, while also finishing in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.28 kills per game average. The senior was named a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF player as the Anteaters finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.
No. 11 seed Scott Slaughter, UC Santa Barbara, middle attacker
Slaughter was in the nation’s top 30 with a 0.96 blocks per game average and was third on the team with a 2.06 kills per game average. The junior was a Second-Team All-MPSF selection as the Gauchos won the MPSF championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.


No. 4 seed Antwain Aguillard, Long Beach State middle attacker
Aguillard was among the MPSF leaders and seventh in the nation with a 1.19 blocks per game average. The Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF selection was also one of three finalists for the Off the Block Blocker of the Year award. Long Beach State finished the season No. 7 in the national rankings.
No. 5 seed Edgardo Goas, Penn State setter
Goas led the EIVA and was eighth in the nation with an 11.03 assists per game average. The junior was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-EIVA player as he helped guide Penn State’s offense to a conference-best .309 attack percentage. The Nittany Lions won the EIVA championship and reached the Final Four.

Kawika Shoji Region


No. 1 seed Jonas Umlauft, Hawai’i outside attacker
Umlauft led the nation with a 5.57 kills per game average — almost a 0.75 kills per game average more than any other player in the nation — and his .344 attack percentage was 12th best in the nation. The sophomore was named a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF as the Warriors finished No. 8 in the national rankings.
No. 8 seed John Klanac, Ohio State outside attacker
Klanac was among the MIVA leaders and 13th in the nation with a .340 attack percentage, while also finishing in the nation top 30 with a 3.35 kills per game average. The senior was named to the First-Team All-MIVA as Ohio State won its first NCAA championship in program history.


No. 2 seed Riley McKibbin, USC setter
McKibbin led the MPSF and was second in the nation with a 12.24 assists per game average, while also being in the nation’s top 25 with a 1.91 digs per game average. The senior co-captian was named to a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF as the Trojans won the MPSF regular season title and reached the Final Four.
No. 7 seed Wes Dunlap, UCLA middle attacker
Dunlap led the nation with a .446 attack percentage and was second on UCLA with a 2.56 kills per game average. The junior was named to the Second-Team All-MPSF and also was in the nation’s top 50 with a 0.87 blocks per game average. The Bruins finished the season in eighth place in the MPSF.


No. 3 seed Steve Kehoe, Ohio State setter
Kehoe, the MIVA Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, led the MIVA and was fifth in the nation with an 11.56 assists per game average. The senior First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MIVA player was also named the NCAA Tournament MVP after the Buckeyes won their first national championship in program history.
No. 6 seed Vince Devany, UC Santa Barbara setter
Devany was second in the MPSF and third in the nation with an 11.64 assists per game average. The senior All-MPSF honorable mention helped guide the Gauchos to a .325 attack percentage, seventh best in the nation. UC Santa Barbara won the MPSF championship and advanced to the NCAA championship match.


No. 4 seed Mike Bunting, Loyola outside attacker
Bunting had a 4.21 kills per game average and a .372 attack percentage — one of three players to be in the nation’s top 10 for both categories. The junior was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-MIVA selection as Loyola advanced to the MIVA championship match for the second consecutive season.
No. 5 seed Anders Nelson, Ball State outside attacker
Nelson was second in the MIVA and third in the nation with a 1.36 blocks per game average as Ball State led the country in blocks. The Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-MIVA senior was also one of three finalists for the Off the Block Blocker of the Year award. Ball State finished third in the MIVA.

Matt Anderson Region


No. 1 seed Joe Sunder, Penn State outside attacker
Sunder, the EIVA Player of the Year, led the conference and was fourth in the nation with a 4.54 kills per game average. The junior also was named a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-EIVA player as Penn State won its 13th consecutive EIVA title and reached the NCAA Tournament.
No. 9 seed Jay Petty, Lewis outside attacker
Petty was among the MIVA leaders and the in the nation’s top 25 with both a 3.88 kills per game average and .316 attack percentage. The sophomore was also named to the First-Team All-MIVA as the Flyers finished the season in fourth place in the conference.


No. 2 seed Jeff Menzel, UC Santa Barbara outside attacker
Menzel was ninth in the nation averaging 4.18 kills per game and had a team-high .307 attack percentage. The First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF also had a nation-best 103 total postseason kills during the UC Santa Barbara’s run to the NCAA championship match.
No. 10 seed Jordan DuFault, UC Irvine outside attacker
DuFault was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 15 with a .334 attack percentage. The senior Second-Team All-MSPF player also had a 2.76 kills per game average and led the Anteaters with a 1.69 digs per game average. UC Irvine finished No. 4 in the national rankings.


No. 3 seed Dennis Del Valle, Penn State libero
Del Valle led the nation with 300 digs and a 2.65 digs per game average. The senior was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-EIVA selection as Penn State advanced to the Final Four for the 13th consecutive season. Del Valle was also named the EIVA Tournament MVP.
No. 11 seed Nejc Zemljak, Hawai’i setter
Zemljak was among the MPSF leaders and seventh in the nation with an 11.04 assists per game average. The senior Second-Team All-MPSF selection also helped lead Hawai’i to a .330 attack percentage, sixth best in the nation. Hawai’i finished the season No. 8 in the national rankings.


No. 12 seed Jim Baughman, Long Beach State outside attacker
Baughman was in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.27 kills per game average and 0.29 aces per game average. The junior also had a team-high .267 attack percentage as Long Beach State finished the season in sixth place in the MPSF.
No. 13 seed Trent Bruns, Grand Canyon libero
Bruns led the MIVA and was fifth in the nation with a 2.50 digs per game average. The sophomore also became the first player in Grand Canyon history to be selected to the First-Team All-MIVA. Grand Canyon finished the season in last place in the MIVA.

Jayson Jablonsky Region


No. 1 seed Futi Tavana, BYU middle attacker
Tavana led the MPSF and was the second in the nation with a 1.52 blocks per game average. The First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF player was also the inaugural winner of the Off the Block Blocker of the Year award. BYU finished the season ranked No. 5 and lost in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 8 seed Cullen Irons, UC Santa Barbara outside attacker
Irons was in the nation’s top 30 with both a 3.61 kills per game average and .307 attack percentage. The senior also helped lead UC Santa Barbara to the MPSF championship and its first appearance in the NCAA championship match since 1988.


No. 2 seed Carson Clark, UC Irvine outside attacker
Clark was third in the nation with a 4.53 kills per game average and led the MPSF with 47 aces. The junior was named a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF player and was the youngest player selected to the initial roster for the U.S. National Men’s Volleyball Team.
No. 7 seed Javier Caceres, Pacific libero
Caceres led the MPSF and was second in the nation with a 2.65 assists per game average. The freshman was also an All-MPSF honorable mention. The Tigers finished the tied for last place but more than doubled its conference win total for the previous two seasons.


No. 3 seed Erik Shoji, Stanford libero
Shoji was second in the MPSF and third in the nation with a 2.62 digs per game average. The junior was a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF selection and in March set the Stanford record for career digs. Stanford finished the season No. 6 in the national rankings.
No. 6 seed Shawn Sangrey, Ohio State outside attacker
Despite missing almost one month because of a midseason emergency appendectomy, Sangrey finished 15th in the nation with a 3.92 kills per game average and was among the MIVA leaders with a 0.34 aces per game average. Sangrey was a First-Team All-MIVA selection as Ohio State won its first NCAA championship in program history.


No. 4 seed Rob Stowell, BYU outside attacker
Stowell was 10th in the nation and had a team-high 4.08 kills per game average, while also being in the nation’s top 20 with a .326 attack percentage. The senior was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-MPSF selection as BYU finished the season No. 5 in the national rankings.
No. 5 seed Andy McGuire, UC Santa Barbara libero
McGuire was among the MPSF leaders and eighth in the nation with a 2.37 digs per game average. The senior was named a Second-Team All-American and Second-Team All-MPSF player. McGuire also helped lead UC Santa Barbara to the MPSF championship and the NCAA championship match.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Brad d permalink
    May 19, 2011 5:23 am

    The best is yet to come

  2. wordzmith12 permalink
    May 19, 2011 5:29 pm

    Slaughter hitting percentage should be listed——

  3. wordzmith12 permalink
    May 20, 2011 3:41 pm

    Slaughter hit .499!!!!!!!! for the YEAR!!!!!!!!! Helped get us to the Finals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! o well, at least Vince beat a National Champion setter!!!!!!!

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