OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's volleyball's Landon Shorts, who recently wrapped up a standout four-year career with the Mustangs, was recently named the winner of the 2019 Off the Block/Molten Division III National Outside Attacker of the Year award.
The Division III National Outside Attacker of the Year is an annual award presented by Off the Block, a website that covers men's volleyball, that recognizes the top outside attacker in NCAA Division III men's volleyball during the season.
Shorts, who became the first-ever Mustang to be named an AVCA First Team All-American, finished the season leading the Mustangs in kills (352), kills per set (3.06), digs (228), and aces (80). Shorts ranked fourth nationally in aces per set with 0.696 and broke the NCAA All-Division service ace record on March 1, 2019, against Widener University when he posted ace number 256 breaking the previous record of 255 set by Evan Patak of UC Santa Barbara. He averaged 0.70 service aces per set to rank fourth in Division III. Shorts led the Mustangs to a 30-4 record and a ranking of No. 8 in the final AVCA Division III poll.
The voting committee for this national award was comprised of about 20 NCAA Division III men's volleyball coaches from around the nation. The top three vote-getters were named finalists and the student-athlete receiving the most votes was named the award winner.
Shorts received 30 votes — seven more votes than the runner-up SUNY New Paltz outside attacker Nick Smith. The other finalist Carthage outside attacker Matt Slivinski earned 11 votes.
The National Outside Attacker of the Year is one of five Division III national awards that Off the Block presents. It also presents the Off the Block/Molten Division III National Setter of the Year, Off the Block/Molten Division III National Opposite of the Year, the Off the Block/Molten Division III National Middle Attacker of the Year and Off the Block/Molten Division III National Libero of the Year.
Off the Block is a national award-winning website and is the nation's leader in college men's volleyball coverage. Molten is the official volleyball supplier of NCAA Division III men's volleyball and is the 2019 sponsor of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Awards.