Fairleigh Dickinson oppo makes Puerto Rico roster for VNL qualifer

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One of the top offensive players in the NEC will help Puerto Rico try to qualify for the 2025 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Puerto Rico announced that Fairleigh Dickinson opposite Jamal Ellis Carballo will be on the nation’s roster for the upcoming NORCECA Men’s Final Four..

Carballo finished last season third in the NCAA with a 4.44 kills per game average and had more than 20 kills in six matches. Among the opposite’s top performances featured a match-high 23 kills as Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Merrimack in the NEC Tournament quarterfinals.


The NORCECA Men’s Final Four format will be a round-robin with the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala and the host-nation Puerto Rico.

The first-place team following the round robin will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup later this season. The Challenger Cup is an eight-team, single-elimination bracket tournament with the champion qualifying for the Volleyball Nations League next year.

Carballo is the only current NCAA men’s volleyball player to make the Puerto Rican roster for the tournament starting June 14.. The team is primarily comprised of former college players including George Mason outside attacker Omar Hoyos, Purdue Fort Wayne outside attacker Pelegrin Vegas and Penn State libero Dennis del Valle.