Miami to Host NORCECA Boys Youth Championship
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2008) – USA Volleyball will host top boys’ volleyball teams from North and Central American and the Caribbean at the 2008 NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship on Aug. 3-8 at Florida International University’s Pharmed Arena in Miami.
Eight boys’ youth national teams (players born in 1991 or ’92) from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States will be competing to qualify for the 2009 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19-30 in Italy.
Puerto Rico is the defending NORCECA Boys’ Youth champion while the United States won the silver medal in 2006. The United States also won the silver medal in 2004.
Pool play competition will run from Aug. 3-5. Playoffs will begin on Aug. 6 with a champion being crowned on Aug. 8, 2008. Event day tickets and tournament passes can be purchased at the door.
The 2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth Team will be coached by Long Beach State men’s assistant coach Andy Read with assistance from John Hawks, assistant men’s coach at USC, and Sean Byron, assistant men’s coach at Ohio State.
The 2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team is practicing at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 14-28. The team will be cut to a final squad of 12 athletes, who will participate in the NORCECA tournament.
Ticket Information: Adults $10, students, children (under 12), seniors (55+), military and groups (12 or more) $5, which will provide entry for all matches for that specific day. All Tournament Passes will be available for $40 and provide entry into all matches for the six days of competition. Tickets will only be available at the door.
Free Olympic Pin to the first 100 people through the door!
Past NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship Results
1998 Held in Dominican Republic: Dominican Republic (gold), Mexico (silver), Puerto Rico (bronze)
2000 Held in Mexico: Mexico (gold), Puerto Rico (silver), Canada (bronze)
2002 Held in Dominican Republic: Puerto Rico (gold), United States (silver), Mexico (bronze)
2004 Held in Mexico: Cuba (gold), Canada (silver), Mexico (bronze)
2006 Held in Dominican Republic: Puerto Rico (gold), United States (silver). Cuba (bronze)
2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team
Name (Position, City, State, Grad Year, Club, USAV Region)
Dalton Ammerman (Rightside, Parker, Colo., 2009, Front Range VC, Rocky Mountain)
Elias Aparcedo (Setter, Chicago, Ill., 2009, Adversity VC, Great Lakes)
Alex Becherer (Libero, Wauwatosa, Wis., 2009, North Shore Mil VC, Badger)
Dylan Davis (Middle, Corona Del Mar, Calif., 2009, Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
Oliver Deutschman (Setter, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 2009, Pacific Palisades VC, Southern Cal)
Michael Dye (Middle, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2009, SCVC, Southern Cal)
Scott Kevorken (Middle, Westlake Village, Calif., 2009, Pacific Palisades, Southern Cal)
Jake Kneller (Leftside, Westlake Village, Calif., 2009, Pacific Palisades, Southern Cal)
Chris Mamer (Middle, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2009, Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
Evan Mottram (Libero, Leona Valley, Calif., 2009, Pacific Palisades VC, Southern Cal)
Weston Nielsen (Leftside, Corona del Mar, Calif., 2010, Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
Connor Olbright (Setter, Orange, Calif., 2010, Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
Robart Page (Leftside, Victor, N.Y., 2010, Rochester Pace VC, Western Empire)
Spencer Rowe (Middle, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., 2010, Orange Coast VB, Southern Cal)
Taylor Sander (Leftside, Norco, Calif., 2010, Orange Coast VB, Southern Cal)
Ian Satterfield (Leftside, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2009, Pacific Palisades VC, Southern Cal)
Patrick Schwagler (Leftside, Orchard Park, N.Y., 2009, Powerstation VC, Western Empire)
Maurice Torres (Rightside, Riverside, Calif., 2009, OC Riptides VC, Southern Cal)
Lawrence Wrather (Leftside, Lake Bluff, Ill., 2009, Adversity VC, Great Lakes)
Head Coach - Andy Read (Long Beach State)
Asst. Coach - John Hawks (USC)
Asst. Coach - Sean Byron (Ohio State)