One of the top blockers in college men’s volleyball is coming back for a fifth season.
Lincoln Memorial coach John Cash informed Off the Block that senior middle attacker Pedro Carvalho will return for the 2021 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 eligibility ruling, which applied to all student-athletes in spring sports, resulted in seniors being able to return for the 2021 season.
Carvalho finished last season in the nation’s top 15 with a 1.04 blocks per game average and had a career-best .444 attack percentage en route to earning All-Independent Team honors for the third consecutive season.
Among Carvalho’s top performances in the shortened 2020 season included having a program-record 11 aces in a five-game victory against King. The Brazilan native in that win also had seven kills and zero errors on a .538 attack percentage.
Carvalho will enter the 2021 season already holding the program record with 430 career blocks. In addition, Carvalho was a finalist for the National Blocker of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.
Lincoln Memorial was 14-4 and ranked No. 7 in the Off the Block/Frisco Mo Division II National Coaches Poll at the time the season was canceled. The two-time defending IVA Tournament champions in the first month of the season had wins against MIVA, EIVA and ConfCarolinas teams.