Two all-conference selections and a regional player of the year will be among the incoming recruits to join NJIT.
NJIT coach Danny Goncalves announced recently that high school graduates Luke Allmond, Matt Amberge, Christopher Costanio, Rex Cusenbary, Bailey Mundy and Carson Kahle each have committed to play for the Highlanders beginning in 2017.
“I am very excited for this incoming class,” Goncalves said in a statement. “Overall this is the most balanced and diverse class of freshman we have recruited to date. This incoming class should all have the opportunity to compete for starting roles and should bring the level of our gym to the highest standard in my time here.”
Mundy, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Concord, California, earned all-conference honors and was named the team’s most valuable player as he led his high school to the league finals earlier this year. He also guided his high school team reach the finals of two regular season tournaments last year and played club volleyball for Bay to Bay.
Amberge, an outside attacker from Bellmore, New York, earned all-county honors with his high school team last season. The outside attacker besides his senior-year accolades was named to the all-conference team in his junior season.
Cusenbary, a 6-foot-7 opposite from San Antonio, was named the 2016 Southwest Prepartoary Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-South Zone honors with his high school team last year. He also will be one of the first players from Texas to play for the Highlanders.
Kahle, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker from Longwood, Florida, led his high school team as a senior in both kills and digs. In addition, Kahle in his final high school season won two tournament titles and was named to the Ransome Everglades All-Tournament Team.
Constantino, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Santa Barbara, California, was a team captain and play for both the indoor volleyball team and sand volleyball team while in high school. He also was selected as the team’s most valuable player in his senior season.
Allmond, a 6-foot-6 middle attacker from Rockledge, Florida, won two championships with his AAU club volleyball team and was selected for a most valuable player award. In addition, Allmond is one of two Florida players in this NJIT recruiting class and among the three players from the state on the Highlanders’ 2017 roster.
NJIT finished last season in fifth place in the EIVA and narrowly missed earning the program’s first postseason berth since the conference tournament changed to a four-team format in 2012.
The Highlanders have multiple starters returning from last year’s team, including opposite Jabarry Goodridge, 2016 EIVA Player of the Year.