All-MPSF transfer, highly touted international recruits commit to NJIT

Photo courtesy of Cal Baptist athletics.

A former All-MPSF middle attacker and two recruits who played for Puerto Rico and Denmark in international tournaments are among the players joining NJIT.

NJIT announced earlier this week that Cal Baptist transfer Enrique de Diego Garcia along with high school seniors Roque Nido, Jens Feldhus, Derek Evans and Will Andrews have committed to play for the Highlanders in 2019.

Garcia arrives to NJIT as a graduate student after playing three seasons with Cal Baptist, which disbanded its men’s volleyball program in 2017.

The middle attacker as a sophomore led the nation with a .481 attack percentage and was among the national leaders averaging 1.04 blocks per game. Garcia following that all-conference season finished with 61 blocks during his final season with the Lancers in 2017.

Feldthus, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Denmark, helped lead the Danish Men’s Junior National Team to the third round of the U20 European Championships in 2016. He also played with that national team last year as Denmark attempted to qualify for the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship.

Nido, a 6-foot-4 setter from Puerto Rico, was a member of the Puerto Rican Men’s Junior National Team that finished in fifth place at the 2017 U21 Pan American Cup. He also was the captain and most valuable player of his high school team.

Andrews, a 6-foot-1 outside attacker from Lexington, Kentucky, led his club team the Louisville Fury in both kills and aces the last two seasons. Despite going to a high school that did not offer boys’ volleyball, Andrews was an all-state athlete in tennis.

Evans, a 6-foot-6 middle attacker from Virginia Beach, Virginia, earned Second-Team All-State honors with his high school team. He also competed at the club level with Coastal Volleyball.

NJIT finished the 2018 season tied for fifth place in the EIVA. Among the starters returning for the Highlanders next season includes All-EIVA opposite Alvaro Gimeno, who was the EIVA Newcomer of the Year.