All-EIVA middle Berger opts to return to NJIT for 2021 season

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A three-time First-Team All-EIVA middle attacker is coming back to NJIT.

Coach Danny Goncalves informed Off the Block that Lucas Berger has opted to return in 2021 for a fifth college men’s volleyball season.

The NCAA granted men’s volleyball players an extra year of eligibility after the remainder of the 2020 season was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. This eligible ruling, which applied to all student-athletes in spring sports, resulted in seniors being able to return for the 2021 season.


Berger in the shortened 2020 season led the EIVA and was second in the nation with a 1.39 blocks per game average. The middle attacker had at least five blocks in seven matches, including a season-high 11 blocks in an upset sweep against USC in January.

This was the third consecutive season that Berger finished with more than a 1.00 blocks per game average.

Along with his defensive performance, Berger had a .448 attack percentage last season en route to being named an All-American Honorable Mention and earning First-Team All-EIVA honors for the third straight year.

NJIT was in fourth place in the EIVA at the time the season was canceled and was on pace to qualify the EIVA Tournament for the first time since the conference changed the event to a four-team format.