B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2009) – The USA Volleyball High Performance Department has announced the members of the 2009 Boys’ Youth National Training Team (BYNTT).
The top 12 players on the team will compete at the 2009 FIVB Boy’s Youth World Championships on Aug. 28-Sept. 6 in Bassano del Grappa and Jesolo, Italy.
The team will begin training in mid-August, most likely at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The team was compiled through high performance tryouts held throughout the country.
The head coach of the team will be Andy Read, the assistant men’s volleyball coach at Long Beach State. He will be assisted by Sean Byron (Ohio State) and Dan Friend (Lewis). The head of the U.S. delegation to the Boys’ Youth World Championships will be Ken Preston, the former head coach at UC Santa Barbara.
“This summer’s opportunity to represent USA Volleyball at the FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship in Italy is a major step in the development for these players for future national team and Olympic competition,” Read said. “Last summer’s success at the NORCECA Championship was their first step.”
The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team won the 2008 NORCECA Continental Championship to qualify for the world championship. That team went 4-0 and did not lose a set.
Ten players from the 2008 team are on the 2009 BYNTT: Dalton Ammerman (Parker, Colo.), Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.), Oliver Deutschman (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Scott Kevorken (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.), Weston Nielsen (Corona del Mar, Calif.), Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.), Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.), Ian Satterfield (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif.).
“This team is bigger, stronger, and more experienced,” Read said. “We have improved the team’s talent with several key additions to our roster. The team is looking forward to a great training block to be ready for the best teams in the world when we meet them in Italy.”
The Southern California Region put 13 players on the team. Hawaii’s Aloha Region added three. The Badger Region (Wisconsin) had two and the Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado) tallied one.
2009 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team
Name (Position, City, State, Region, Club)
Dalton Ammerman (Left Outside Hitter, Parker, Colo., Rocky Mountain, Front Range VC)
Micah Christenson (Setter, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Outrigger Canoe VC)
Tanner Clayton (Middle Blocker, San Diego, Calif., Southern California, Epic VC)
Taylor Crabb (LOH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Outrigger Canoe VC)
Connor Curry (Libero, Newport Beach, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
Dylan Davis (MB, Corona del Mar, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
Jeremy Dejno (LOH, New Berlin, Wis., Badger, Lightning VC)
Oliver Deutschman (Setter, Pacific Palisades, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
Robert Feathers (MB, Pacific Palisades, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
Nick Gibson (LOH, Shorewood, Wis., Badger, North Shore Milwaukee VC)
Scott Kevorken (MB, Thousand Oaks, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
Evan Mottram (Libero, Leona Valley, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
Weston Nielsen (LOH, Corona del Mar, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
Connor Olbright (Setter, Orange, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
Spencer Rowe (MB, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., So Cal, OCVC)
Taylor Sander (LOH, Norco, Calif., So Cal, Orange Coast VC)
Ian Satterfield (ROH, Manhattan Beach, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
Joshua Taylor (LOH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Ku’ikahi VC)
Maurice Torres (ROH, Riverside, Calif., So Cal, OC Riptides)
Head Coach - Andy Read, Long Beach State University
Asst. Coach - Sean Byron, Ohio State University
Asst. Coach - Dan Friend, Lewis University
Head of Delegation - Ken Preston, UC Santa Barbara, retired