USAV Selects Men's Junior National Team

June 09, 2009, 6:39 p.m. (ET)

USAV Men’s Volleyball Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone:   (719) 228-6800

Release by:  Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2009) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 12-player roster for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team, which will compete at the 2009 FIVB World Championship on July 31-Aug. 9 in Pune, India.

The team will begin training on July 14th in Chula Vista in preparation for the tournament.

“The number one goal is that everyone stays healthy,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. “Then we want to gel as a team. Hopefully we can create some good chemistry and have a chance to medal.”

Patchell, the head coach of the BYU men’s volleyball team, led the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team to a bronze medal at NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador last July, which qualified them for the World Championship.

Seven players from that bronze-medal winning team will return for the U.S. at the World Championship. These players are Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i), Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.), Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i), Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i), who was named Best Defender, Best Receiver, and Best Libero at the NORCECA Championship, Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), and Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.).

Joining them will be Tony Ciarelli (Huntingdon Beach, Calif.), Rusty Lavaja (St. Charles, Ill.), Matt Stork (Topanga, Calif.), Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) and Thomas Amberg (El Cajon, Calif.).

Many members of the team have been playing together for three years, which helped Patchell when it came time to choose the team.

“We basically kept the same group together and we looked at who could fill the best situational role. I think it’s an excellent group of athletes.”

The FIVB will draw lots to decide pools on June 17th.

2009 USA Men's Junior National Team

Name (Position, City, State, School, Region)

Thomas Amberg (Middle Blocker/Opposite, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
Tri Bourne (OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USC, Aloha)
Tony Ciarelli (OH, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC, So Cal)
Tyler Jaynes (MB, Granite Bay, Calif., Pepperdine, No Cal)
Joseph Kauliakamoa (Setter, Las Vegas, Nev., BYU, No Cal)
Rusty Lavaja (MB, St. Charles, Ill., BYU, Great Lakes)
Brad Lawson (OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Stanford, Aloha)
Erik Shoji (Libero, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Stanford, Aloha)
Matthew Stork (Setter, Topanga, Calif., Cal State Northridge, So Cal)
Joseph Sunder (Opp., Greensburg, Pa., Penn State, Keystone)
Murphy Troy (OH, St. Louis, Mo., USC, Gateway)
Nick Vogel (MB, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA, So Cal)

Head Coach - Shawn Patchell, BYU