Fort Wayne’s Vargas to play for Puerto Rico in NORCECA Challenge Cup

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An All-MIVA outside attacker will attempt to help Puerto Rico qualify for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Fort Wayne outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas is among the 12 players on the Puerto Rican roster for the NORCECA Challenge Cup that will take place this week in Cuba.

Vargas as a sophomore last season with the Mastodons was in the nation’s top 15 averaging 3.75 kills per game, including having more than 20 kills in three MIVA matches. The First-Team All-MIVA selection also was in the conference’s top 10 with 29 aces and helped Fort Wayne finish ranked in the national coaches poll.

This is the second year that Vargas has competed with the Puerto Rican Men’s National Team in an international tournament.

The NORCECA Challenge Cup is a round-robin tournament that features five countries — Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. The team with best record following the round-robin will advance to the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup on June 20-24 and play for a chance to qualify for the Volleyball Nations League in 2019.

Vargas is the youngest player on the Puerto Rican roster that includes several former college players.

Former Fort Wayne players Ramon Burgos, who was named the Puerto Rican team captain, and Eddie Rivera were selected to the team. In addition, former BYU outside attacker Josue Rivera and former Cal Baptist setter Arturo Iglesias will play for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico will continue the round-robbin tournament with a match against Guatemala on Wednesday.