Sergio Carrillo, a 6-5 setter from Gurabo, Puerto Rico, has signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play for the North Greenville University men’s volleyball team for the 2018-2019 season.
Carrillo, who attends Notre Dame Catholic School in Caguas, P.R., has trained with some of the finest setters his nation has ever produced. He has been playing volleyball since 2014 and has competed at the Boys Junior National Tournament the last two years. He began playing when his older brother Jorge was in a volleyball training camp, and the coaches noticed Sergio playing by himself and immediately recognized his talent. He began playing with the Criollos de Caguas Volleyball Club 14U team in 2014, and became the starting setter with his junior varsity team in high school and the 15U Ultimate Volleyball System Club. He also trained with the 15U Puerto Rican National Team program despite only playing one year.
He also had the opportunity to attend personal setter clinics with Juan “Grillo” Aviles, who has mentored every setter on the P.R. National Team the last two decades.
In 2016, Sergio became the starting setter for his high school team, and with the Boriquen Coqui Volleyball Club 16U team. As a sophomore, he was named the Student/Volleyball Athlete of the Year, given to a player who excels in academics and athletics. He also played at the 2016 BJNC Tournament in Dallas, Texas with Team Island Volleyball Club from Corozal, P.R. as the setter and opposite hitter, and his team won the 16U Club National Championship.
This past year, Carrillo was selected to the All-Star Team at the Power League Volleyball Tournament and the Jeep Volleyball Championship. Competing in the BJNC in Columbus, Ohio last summer, Sergio made the All-Tournament team as a setter in the 17U division. He also was named to be part of the 21U Puerto Rican National Team program. He also will continue to train under Angel Perez, who has been the starting setter for the Puerto Rican National Team the last decade.
A stellar scholar-athlete at Notre Dame Catholic School, Carrillo has been an A student all his life and is known as a natural leader for his teammates. He played baseball and soccer when he was young, but quickly realized he had an aptitude for volleyball.
“Unless I have totally lost my eye for talent, Sergio Carrillo will be one of the best players I’ve ever signed for the North Greenville University men’s volleyball team,” said NGU Head Coach Dr. Fred Battenfield. “I remember standing on a court in Columbus watching this team from Puerto Rico play, and I noticed a very tall setter with amazing hands. His team was also running a 6-2 offense and he was ripping the ball. Naturally, I was intrigued and after contacting him, I realized he was a perfect fit for NGU. He will come in next fall with the capability of playing three positions, but his setting will get us to another level in the future. He comes from a wonderful family, and I am very anxious to see what his career will look like in 2018-2019. We also ask that the NGU family continue to pray for Sergio’s family as they are still recovering from the devastation of the hurricanes that hit the island this past summer.”
Sergio Andres Carrillo Rodriguez is the son of Jorge H. Carrillo, and Rossana M. Rodriguez, and he has a brother Jorge Humberto who plays college volleyball in Puerto Rico. He also has a younger brother, Adrian Alejandro who is 8. He is undecided on a major at North Greenville.