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NJIT Men's Volleyball Eastern Conference All-Academic Team

(left to right) Rodrigo Correa, Leonardo Paludo, Greg Wagner, Eduardo Welter

NJIT has elevated its sports program without lowering its academic standards. The university, whose teams now compete at the Division I level, recruits athletes who excel both athletically and academically.

Four players from the men’s volleyball team, for instance, have been named to the N.C.A.A. Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s All-Academic team. All four are nationally ranked players, and all four are scholars in the university’s Albert Dorman Honors College.

To make the All-Academic team, the players were required to be outstanding athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Colleges in the Eastern Conference nominated their best student athletes, 13 of whom were picked for the team. Other athletes who made the All-Academic team were from schools such as Harvard, Princeton and Penn State.

This isn’t the first time NJIT has been recognized for its scholar-athletes. In winter, three players from the women’s basketball team were named to the N.C.A.A. Division I Independent All-Academic team.

Three of the four volleyball players named to the men’s All-Academic team are from Brazil.

Eduarod WelterEduardo Welter is a definitive scholar athlete who, as a junior, has already won a host of academic and athletic honors.
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Leonardo PaludoLeonardo Paludo transferred to NJIT after playing a year for a small North Carolina college. At NJIT, he is acing volleyball serves and management classes.
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Rodrigo CorreaRodrigo Correa grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was recruited to play at NJIT. He’s a much-honored scholar athlete who was major in management because of his late father, who worked as an economist.
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Greg WagnerGreg Wagner, the fourth player picked for the team, grew up in western Massachusetts. On the volleyball court, Wagner spends most of his time aloft. And at six feet seven inches tall and 222 pounds his airborne body strikes fear into opposing players.
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(By Robert Florida, University Web Services)