MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State men's volleyball senior middle blocker Anders Nelson (St. Croix Falls, Wis./St. Croix Falls H.S.) finished second in voting for the inaugural Off the Block Blocker of the Year award as announced by the website (http://offtheblockblog.wordpress.com).
BYU's Futi Tavana won the award given to the nation's best front-row defensive men's volleyball player during the regular season with 35 total points, including nine first-place votes. Nelson was second with 16 points and two first-place votes, followed by Long Beach State's Antwain Aguillard (11 points, two first-place votes).
Nelson finished the 2011 campaign ranked second in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association rankings and fourth nationally with a 1.30 blocks-per-game average. He tallied an NCAA-best 35 solo blocks this season to go along with 109 block assists for a total of 144 blocks. His effort at the net also has the Cardinals ranked first nationally with a team average of 3.07 blocks per game.
Nelson recorded a season-high 10 total blocks in a sweep at IPFW (Feb. 12), while posting a career-best five solo blocks in a five-game victory at Sacred Heart (Jan. 29). The only player to start all 30 matches for BSU this season, Nelson has collected five-or-more blocks in 17 matches.
In addition to his stellar season numbers, Nelson finished his career ranked eighth in program history with 329 career block assists in just three seasons. In addition, his 396 career total blocks are 13th in program history. Both totals, along with his 67 career solo blocks, rank second in the BSU rally scoring era behind only senior middle attacker J.D. Gasparovic (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville H.S.).