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Leske Named Finalist for National Blocker of the Year

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: April 16, 2014
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MUNCIE, Ind. – Senior middle attacker Matt Leske is among the finalist for the Off the Block/Sprinbak Inc., National Blocker of the Year Award. Leske was a finalist following the 2013 season.

A nationwide voting committee selected Pacific middle attacker Tommy Carmody, BYU middle attacker Michael Hatch and Leske as the three finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Sprinbak Inc., National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block/Sprinbak Inc., National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’ volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season.

Leske, a two-time finalist for the National Blocker of the Year, led the nation with his 1.61 blocks per game average and 159 total blocks. The senior has netted double-digit blocks three times this season and has tallied at least seven blocks 12 times during the 2014 campaign. The senior earned MIVA Defensive Player of the Week honor twice this season.

This is the fourth year of the Off the Block/Sprinbak Inc., National Blocker of the Year. Previous winners include BYU All-American middle attacker Futi Tavana in 2011, USC middle attacker Robert Feathers in 2012 and UC Santa Barbara All-American middle attacker Dylan Davis in 2013.

The voting committee for this award was comprised of more than 20 college men’s volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation.

The overall winner of the Off the Block/Springbak Inc., National Blocker of the Year will be announced Tues., Apr. 22.

Off the Block is a website that launched in January 2011 and has become among the nation’s leading media outlets for college men’s volleyball news and analysis. Sprinbak Inc., is the official sponsor of the 2014 National Blocker of the Year and produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.

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