COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 13, 2013) – USA Volleyball has announced the 17-player roster for the 2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team (BYNTT).
| Connor Lammey (5) hits against Puerto Rico at the 2012 NORCECA
Of the 17 players on the training roster, only 12 will be selected to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship to be held June 27 to July 7 in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico. More players may be added to the training team roster as they become available.
Five of the 2013 training team players competed on the 2012 BYNT Team that netted the bronze medal last summer at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth (U19) Continental Championship. The players’ international experience is a valuable contribution entering the World Championships, first year U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team Head Coach Colin McMillan said.
“Any time players can get international experience, it helps them in the future,” McMillan said. “Players with international experience understand the difficulty and intensity of these matches." They are not intimidated. Not scared by the way other teams play. That experience is going to be invaluable.”
The five returning players on this year’s roster are opposite Aidan Albrecht (Old Bridge, N.J.), setter Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.), middle blocker Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) and outside hitters Earl Schultz (Chicago) and Lee Smith (Sewickley, Pa.).
Middle blocker, Alex Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.) was also a 2012 BYNT selection, but was unable to attend the championship because of illness.
The 11 incoming players on the 2013 roster include opposites Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) and Clay Carr (Newport Beach, Calif.), setters Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.), middle blockers Christian Rupert (Chalfont, Pa.) and Matt Walsh (Chicago, Ill.), outsides Jacob Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.), Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.), outside/libero Evan Enriques (Panalu’u, Hawaii) and libero Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.).
While the returners offer international experience, McMillian said he is eager to see the incoming talent from the new players.
“We have some new guys that are very talented,” he said. “One of the overall strengths of USA Volleyball teams is competitiveness. There’s going to be good competing in the training gym for roster spots and playing time.”
The FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship overlaps the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships this year, which created a difficult decision for some players, McMillan said.
“They’ve played with their club teams all year and worked hard to qualify for that tournament (Junior Nationals). I’m thankful for those guys who chose to go to Worlds, knowing they had to sacrifice quite a bit to get there,” he said.
In addition to McMillan, who is an assistant coach for Penn State’s men’s team, the 2013 coaching staff includes Dave Hunt, assistant coach at Pepperdine University and assistant coach of the 2012 BYNT, and Kris Berzins, assistant coach at Loyola University-Chicago.
“I’m very happy to have Kris and Dave on board,” McMillan said. “They bring a lot to match preparations and the training gym.”
The BYNT is one of the 20 teams participating in the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championships held in Mexico.
The BYNTT, which consists of players born in 1995 or ’96, will first convene June 12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. For one week, the team will practice, prepare and the 12-player roster will be finalized for the World Championship. Then, the 12-man team will travel to Mexico to participate in a pre-championship tournament with several other countries.
“I’m excited about the team we do have together,” McMillan said, “As always, we will compete as hard as we can for as long as we can. Getting into the medal round would be fantastic.”
2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team
Name (Position, Grad Year, Hometown, USAV Region, Club)
Aidan Albrecht (Opp, 2013, Old Bridge, N.J., Garden Empire Region, Warren Juniors)
Karl Apfelbach (Opp, 2014, Shorewood, Wis., Badger, North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club)
Jacob Arnitz (OH, 2014, Yorba Linda, Calif., Southern California, Balboa Bay)
Christy Blough (S, 2013, Ontario, N.Y., WEVA, Rochester VBC)
Clay Carr (Opp, 2014, Newport Beach, Calif., Southern California, Balboa Bay)
Kyle Dagostino (L, 2014, Tampa, Fla., Florida Region, Tampa Bay Invaders)
Soren Dion-Kindem (S, 2013, Agoura Hills, Calif., Southern California, SMBC)
Evan Enriques (OH/L, 2014, Panalu’u, Hawaii, Aloha, Ka Ulukoa B17 Mizuno)
Colby Harriman (OH, 2014, Rochester, N.Y., Western Empire, Rochester Pace Bootlegger)
Connor Lammey (MB, 2013, West Grove, Pa., Florida Region, Tampa Bay Juniors)
Chris Nugent (OH, 2013, Fair Lawn, N.J., GEVA, Warren SixPack)
Alex Pia (MB, 2013, Johns Creek, Ga., Southern, Southern Storm Club)
Christian Rupert (MB, 2014, Chalfont, Pa., Keystone, Yorktowne)
Earl Schultz (OH, 2014, Chicago, Great Lakes, Powerhouse Volleyball Club)
Lee Smith (OH, 2014, Sewickley, Pa., Beaver Valley Premier)
Curtis Stallings (S, 2013, Chesapeake, Va., Old Dominion Region, Coastal 18’s National)
Matt Walsh (MB, 2014, Chicago, Great Lakes, Ultimate VBC)
Head Coach Colin McMillan (Penn State University)
Assistant Coach Dave Hunt (Pepperdine University)
Assistant Coach Kris Berzins (Loyola-Chicago)
Team Manager Brandon Dyett (USA Volleyball)