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George Mason's Negron to Compete with Puerto Rican National Team

George Mason's Negron to Compete with Puerto Rican National Team

FAIRFAX, Va. – George Mason University men's volleyball rising senior setter Brian Negron will compete for the Puerto Rican National Team in a series of international events later this year.

Negron, who is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will join 18 other players on the country's national roster, which is set to participate in the Pan American Cup later this month in Canada, as well as the NORCECA Championship in September. That event is a qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB World Championship.

Negron and Fort Wayne outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas are the only current college student-athletes on the roster.

"I'm grateful to have a chance to work with the National Team this summer," Negron said. "It really helps put things into perspective in terms of where I stand and what I have to keep working on if I decide to further my career as a volleyball player. It's a different kind of gameplay at the international level - very fast and intense. I hold myself to very high standards and I like to say I am pleased but not satisfied. I can't wait to bring what I learn back to the RAC and keep on training for this upcoming season at Mason. It's always a blessing to gear up and represent great people."

Negron ranked fourth in the EIVA last season with 9.62 assists per set and was second on the Patriots with 52 total blocks. He also checked in second on the team with 21 service aces on the year.

He earned First Team All-EIVA honors as a freshman in 2015 and also garnered the conference's Newcomer of the Year award. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Green & Gold to the 2016 EIVA Championship title and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years.