Ethan Champlin Named Freshman All-America Selection
Ethan Champlin was named to the annual Off the Block Freshman All-America Team which was announced on Wednesday. The team was chosen by a nationwide voting committee of 20 men's volleyball coaches and volleyball media members and honors the top NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the ninth year Off the Block has presented the national honor, which remains the only Freshmen All-America Team presented in college men's volleyball.
Champlin ranked second on the UCLA team in kills per set this season with a 2.62 mark. He was third on the squad in aces and ranked 24th in the nation in aces per set average (0.39). Both marks rate among the best in the nation this season by a true freshman player. Champlin posted a career-best 18 kills while hitting .441 in a win at Stanford (3/23). He was named Molten/MPSF Defensive Player of the Week (2/8) after helping lead UCLA with 11 kills in a win at BYU and totaling15 digs in the two BYU away matches that week. Champlin recorded seven double-digit kill matches, led the team in digs in four matches and registered at least three aces in three matches during the season.
2021 Off the Block Freshman All-America Team
Setter: Bryce Dvorak, Pepperdine
Setter: Griffin Fieseler, NJIT
Opposite: Kupono Browne, Stanford
Outside attacker: Ethan Champlin, UCLA
Outside attacker: Vicente Ibarra, Purdue Fort Wayne
Outside attacker: Francesco Sani, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Sotiris Siapanis, Ohio State
Outside attacker: Clarke Godbold, Long Beach State
Middle attacker: Jimmy Meinhart, Loyola
Libero: Trey Cole, Pepperdine
A player making the Freshmen All-AmericaTeam had to be among the top 10 vote-getters and appear on at least one-fourth of all the fully submitted voting ballots.