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NJIT's Roque Nido spending summer on international stage

NJIT sophomore setter Roque Nido has spent most of his summer with the Puerto Rico Men's National Team
Photo courtesy NJIT Athletics
NJIT sophomore setter Roque Nido has spent most of his summer with the Puerto Rico Men's National Team Photo courtesy NJIT Athletics

NJIT setter Roque Nido had a busy summer of volleyball – and he’s not done yet.

The NJIT sophomore setter has been traveling the world with the Puerto Rican National Team. The native of Guayama, Puerto Rico, competed with his senior national team in the Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup in Colima City, Mexico, and was at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships in Bahrain.

Puerto Rico finished 16th in the latter in July. During the June event in Mexico, Puerto Rico placed sixth. The team placed second in its four-team pool, lost to Chile in the quarterfinals, and lost 3-0 to the U.S. in the fifth-place match. Nido played the final two sets of that match, making 17 sets.

Nido will be in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week for the NORCECA Champions Cup, a continental qualifying tournament that serves as a step toward the 2020 Olympics. Puerto Rico meets Team USA, which has already clinched a berth for Tokyo, in their first match on Aug. 22. Matches follow against Canada on Aug. 23 and Cuba on Aug. 24. The winner advances to the final qualifying tournament Jan. 8-12.

During his freshman campaign, Nido directed the Highlanders’ offense with his 522 assists, averaging 8.29 assists per set over 20 matches. He also had 22 kills, 13 aces, 29 blocks and 56 digs.