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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 3

May 20, 2011

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II 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 and second round, 16 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the eight second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Friday. The winners will advance to the regional finals Saturday.

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

Sean Rooney Region


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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.


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. 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.

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. 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.


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. 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.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Freda Fullerton permalink
    May 21, 2011 5:41 pm

    Vote for Trent Bruns

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