Men's Volleyball Signs Four NLIs
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men’s volleyball team and head coach Joel Walton announced the signing of four National Letters of Intent Friday, May 2. The Cardinals will welcome Edgardo Cartagena, Jose Irizarry, Matt Walsh, and Mitchel Weiler to the roster in the fall of 2014.
Cartagena is a 6-5 outside hitter from Caguas, Puerto Rico. He was a four-year letterwinner at Colegio Catolico Notre Dame under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez earning All-Star Team and honorable mentions his sophomore, junior and senior years. Cartagena was a member of the Puerto Rican National Youth Team at the Panamerican Cup and the World Championships. His team won a silver medal at the Panamerican Cup and a bronze medal at the NORCECA Tournament.
In 2011, Cartagena led his team to a 15th place finish at the Boys’ Youth World Championships. He was also named to the 16-Open All-Tournament team at the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. Cartagena spent the past two seasons at Pacific University.
Jose Irizarry is a 5-10 libero from San Juan, Puerto Rico. His high school team won the national state championships for six consecutive seasons in addition to six-straight conference titles. Irizarry was Player of the Year candidate during his senior season and earned Conference All-Star varsity team nods his junior and senior seasons. He was the libero at the Onda Deportiva All-Star game his senior year and was the libero for the Activao Sports Media All-Star game his junior year.
He was a member of a storied club team that won 13-consecutive Puerto Rico National Championships. He played as a setter for the San Juan Volleyball Club 16-Open team. Irizarry was the starting libero of the Puerto Rican National Team that won a gold medal at the High Performance Championships in Des Moines, Iowa and in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Matt Walsh is a 6-10 middle hitter from Chicago. He was three-year letterwinner at Mt. Carmel High School. Walsh was a was a member of the 2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team that played at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championships in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico. Walsh was on the U19 squad with current Ball State freshman middle attacker Alex Pia. Walsh has been selected to the 21-player roster for the 2014 U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team. The team will be cut down to 12 before competing in the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championships on July 28-Aug. 3 in El Salvador.
Walsh played his club volleyball with the Ultimate Volleyball Club and helped guide his squad to the Club National Championship as a 14-year-old. Walsh earned the honor of being named the U16 Palos Point Most Valuable Player.
Mitchel Weiler is a 6-4 outside hitter from Oak Lawn, Ill. He was a four-year letterwinner at Brother Rice High School for head coach Paul Ickes. Weiler earned All-Catholic League honors in 2012 and 2013 and was named to the Chicago Sun-Times Third Team All-State in 2012 and the Second Team All-State in 2013.
Weiler was named to the 18-Open All-Tournament team at the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, the 17-Open All-Tournament team at the 2012 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships and the 15-Open All-Tournament team.
An additional member to the Ball State men’s volleyball roster in the fall of 2014 is Anthony Lebryk. Anthony Lebryk is a 6-6 middle attacker from Glenview, Ill. He was a two-year letterwinner at Glenbrook South High School for head coach Tim Monahan. He helped guide his squad to a fourth-place finish in the Illinois High School State Tournament. Lebryk was a member Energy Volleyball Club under the direction of Jimmy Neill. His club team’s best finish was 17th in the Open Division of Junior Nationals. Lebryk was also a three-year letterwinner on the golf team.
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