USAV Names Men's Jr. Training Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 25, 2014) – USA Volleyball has announced the 21-player roster for the 2014 U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team (MJNTT).
The team will be cut down to 12 before competing at the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship on July 28-Aug. 3 in El Salvador. The team will begin training together on July 13 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“There are so many different ways we can put together this team,” said Men’s Junior Team Head Coach Bill Ferguson. “It will be very difficult (to make any cuts).”
Seven members of the MJNTT played on the 2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that competed in the FIVB World Championship: setters Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.), Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.); outside hitter Jacob Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.); middle blocker Matt Walsh (Chicago, Ill.) and liberos Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) and Evan Enriques (Pahala, Hawaii).
Newcomers to the team are outside hitters Jackson Bantle (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Hayden Boehle (Westchester, Calif.), Storm Faagata (Long Beach, Calif.), Kupono Fey (Honolulu, Hawaii), Christian Hessenauer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), David Martin (Woodland Hills, Calif.), George Perinar (Channahon, Ill.), Ben Plaisted (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Brenden Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lucas Yoder (San Clemente, Calif.; middle blockers Andy Benesh (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kevin Rakestraw (Newport Beach, Calif.) and setter Cole Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.).
“I was looking at guys who would be good right now to help qualify at NORCECA and guys who could develop in a year to help us win worlds,” Ferguson said of picking the players. “I wanted skilled, refined players at setting and outside hitter positions. I wanted athleticism in the middle and opposite.
“I would venture to say our middle blocking core is strongest position on the roster right now.”
Ferguson, who is the head coach of the men’s volleyball team at the University of Southern California, will be assisted by Lewis men’s Head Coach Dan Friend and Penn State men’s Assistant Coach Jay Hosack.
“I’m excited to part of the Junior National Team and its coaching staff,” Friend said. “It’s always an honor to represent your country and I also get to work with some of the best young players in the United States.”
Hosack added: “To wear USA on the back of your uniform is an honor, and a privilege. Each time I get a chance to do it, I take it with great pride and responsibility. Being a part of numerous USA teams over the years has given me great experiences to draw from.”
|First||Last||Position||HS Grad Year||City||State||Club or School||USAV Region|
|Jacob||Arnitz||Outside||2014||Yorba Linda||CA||Balboa Bay VC||Southern Cal|
|Jackson||Bantle||Rightside||2013||Pacific Palisades||CA||UCLA||Southern Cal|
|Andy||Benesh||Middle||2013||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||Univ. of Southern California||Southern Cal|
|Christian||Blough||Setter||2013||Ontario||NY||Ohio State Univ.||Western Empire|
|Hayden||Boehle||Outside||2014||Westchester||CA||MB SURF||Southern Cal|
|Kyle||Dagostino||Libero||2014||Tampa||FL||Tampa Bay Invaders||Florida|
|Soren||Dion-Kindem||Setter||2013||Agoura Hills||CA||Pepperdine Univ.||Southern Cal|
|Evan||Enriques||Libero||2014||Pahala||HI||Ka Ulukoa VBC||Aloha|
|Storm||Faagata||Leftside||2014||Long Beach||CA||SCVC||Southern Cal|
|Kupono||Fey||Outside||2013||Honolulu||HI||Univ. of Hawaii||Aloha|
|Cole||Fiers||Setter||2013||Palos Verdes Estates||CA||Stanford Univ.||Southern Cal|
|Christian||Hessenauer||Rightside||2014||Laguna Niguel||CA||Biodynamax VC||Southern Cal|
|Jeff||Jendryk||Middle||2014||Wheaton||IL||Sports Performance VC||Great Lakes|
|David||Martin||Outside||2013||Woodland Hills||CA||UCLA||Southern Cal|
|George Mitch||Perinar||Rightside||2014||Channahon||IL||Ultimate VBC||Great Lakes|
|Kevin||Rakestraw||Middle||2013||Newport Beach||CA||Stanford Univ.||Southern Cal|
|Brenden||Sander||Leftside||2014||Huntington Beach||CA||Balboa Bay VC||Southern Cal|
|Curtis||Stallings||Setter||2013||Chesapeake||VA||Long Beach State||Old Dominion|
|Matthew||Walsh||Middle||2014||Chicago||IL||Ultimate VC||Great Lakes|
|Lucas||Yoder||Leftside||2013||San Clemente||CA||Univ. of Southern Cal||Southern Cal|
Head Coach: Bill Ferguson (University of Southern California)
Assistant Coach: Dan Friend (Lewis University)
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack (Penn State University)