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Three Bruins Tabbed as Finalists for National Awards

Apr 29, 2022
Miles Partain (24), Kevin Kobrine (8) and Merrick McHenry (13)

Three Bruins – Kevin Kobrine, Merrick McHenry and Miles Partain -- were recognized as finalists on Friday when Off the Block unveiled its list of honorees for all 11 of the NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball national awards that it annually presents to the top players and teams in the country.

Kobrine is one of three finalists for the 2022 Bryan Ivie Award presented to the nation's best opposite. A first-team All-MPSF selection, Kobrine rates 19th in the nation in hitting percentage with a .371 mark. He had 9 double-digit kill matches this season and hit at least .350 in 11 contests. Kobrine also had at least six digs in seven matches. He was credited with double-digit points in 11 matches.

McHenry is one of the three finalists for the 2022 Ryan Millar Award presented to the nation's best middle attacker. A first-team All-MPSF choice, McHenry enters the NCAA Championship Tournament second in the nation in hitting percentage at .527 and 15th in blocks per set average (0.99). He helped UCLA rank seventh nationally in blocks per set (2.42). McHenry hit at least .500 in 17 matches this season.

Partain is one of three finalists for the 2022 Lloy Ball Award presented to the nation's best setter. The MPSF Player of the Year, Partain directed UCLA's offense to the nation's top hitting percentage (.375), including an attack percentage of at least .300 in each of the last 16 matches of the season. He rates seventh in the nation in set assists average (10.26).

A nationwide voting committee of about 20 NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball coaches and volleyball media determined the finalists. The top three vote-getters for each award were named finalists, and the individual receiving the most votes will be named the award winner in an announcement planned for Friday, May 6.

UCLA will host the 2022 NCAA Men's Collegiate Volleyball Championship beginning on Sunday in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Bruins will begin play in the Championship on Tuesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. against Pepperdine.