Isaacson Tabbed Setter of the Year; Mandilaris named Opposite of the Year

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DALLAS, Texas – Off the Block announced today that Ball State’s graduate senior setter quinn isaacson won the Lloyd Ball award for being the nation’s top passer while his teammate graduated opposite Angelos Mandilaris won the Bryan Ivie Award for the best opposite in the country.

The NVA/AVCA All-American first-team winner continues to receive praise for his on-court success this season as Isaacson was also named the All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s first-team and team of the tournament All MIVA. Prior to the season, he earned preseason All-MIVA honors for consecutive seasons. Isaacson has won MIVA Player of the Week honors twice this year. The senior passer ranks atop the NCAA and MIVA in assists per set with 11.42. He delivered a personal-best 1,045 assists for the season and finished his career ranked sixth all-time on Ball State’s career-high 20 list with 3,193 assists. Isaacson led the team in serving aces with 34 and served the game-winning ace against then-top-ranked Hawai’i on January 31. Isaacson also led the nation in assists all season while earning NCAA Team All-Tournament honors.

In just one year of action, Mandilaris has had a huge impact on the Cardinals offense, recently earning NVA/AVCA second-team All-American honors, his first All-MIVA honor in the playoffs while also being elected in the MIVA All-Tournament team. Mandilaris was named National MIVA and AVCA Player of the Week on April 5 for his strong offensive but also defensive performance. He threw 32 kills on 69 hits for a .333 hit percentage to help the Cardinals pass McKendree and Lewis — both in 3-0 sweeps. Mandilaris finished the season ranked second on the team in eliminations (304), second in serving aces (21), and second in assists (65).

Ball State’s men’s volleyball team wrapped up their magical season last Thursday night in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Semifinals inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion after falling to the champions Hawaii in a 3-2 battle.

As Ball State awaits the latest AVCA coaches poll, Ball State was ranked No. 4 last week, which was the highest the Cardinals have ever been ranked in program history. The Cardinals finished their season with an overall record of 23-4.

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