NEWARK, NJ, December 27, 2016 —Jabarry Goodridge has been selected to the 2017 Preseason Watch List for the annual Karch Kiraly Award, the organization Off the Block announced Monday.
Goodridge is one of thirty-three attackers named to the preseason watch list for the national award that is presented to the best outside attacker in NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball during the regular season.
A second-team Preseason All-American honoree, Goodridge is coming off a strong performance in 2016.
The outside hitter from Bridgetown, Barbados, became the Highlanders' first Division I-II honorable mention and second all-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honoree.
The 2016 co-Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Player of the Year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (with Chris Nugent of Penn State), was one of five EIVA players honored on the 2016 All-America team by the AVCA, joining Nugent, Branden Clemens (Harvard), Johnny Gomez (George Mason), and Mike Marshman (Saint Francis University).
He was selected Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week on March 29, marking the second such honor for an NJIT player and first since NJIT became a Division I institution.
A first-team All-EIVA honoree, Goodridge, recorded double-digit kills in 21-out-of-23 matches this season, including five 20-plus kill performances and a career-best 30 kills vs. Princeton.
The Highlanders outside hitter, ranked fourth in the nation in kills per set (4.38) and 36th in hitting percentage (.303). He led the EIVA in total kills (390) and kills per set (4.38) while ranking fourth in hitting percentage and fifth in service aces per set (0.33).
The Highlanders open the 2017 season at Loyola-Chicago, a 20-win team in 2016, on January 5. Two days later, NJIT will take on Lewis on January 7 in Chicago. Lewis finished with a 19-13 overall mark last season.
About the Karch Kiraly Award
The watch list for the 2017 Karch Kiraly Award was determined by Off the Block using a variety of factors including player performances from previous seasons and projections on standout outside attacker to watch during the upcoming season.
The winner of the Karch Kiraly Award will be selected at the end of the regular season by a nationwide voting committee comprised of coaches and media members. The top-three vote-getters will be named finalists, while the player receiving the most votes will be winner of the Karch Kiraly Award presented by Off the Block.