Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
Birth Year: 1986
Height: 6-0 (188 cm)
Weight: 180 lbs (85 kg)
College: Long Beach State (’09, communications)
Joined Team: 2014
- Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
- Helped the U.S. Men win the bronze medal at the 2015 FIVB World League|
- Set Long Beach State records with 358 digs and a 3.25 per game dig average during his senior season
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- Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 NORCECA Champions Cup and qualify for the FIVB World Cup
- Won gold medals at the 2012, 2010 and 2009 Pan American Cups
- Won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Cup
- 2009 AVCA All-American Second Team
- At Long Beach State in 2009 set a single-season record for most matches with 10-or-more digs (23), as well as the career record for most matches with 10-or-more digs (43)
- Watten's two 20-dig matches in 2009 marked the first time in school history a 49er has had multiple 20-dig matches in the same season
- Attended Wilson High School in Long Beach and graduated in 2004
- Helped lead Wilson to an undefeated Moore League Championship and CIF quarterfinal finish
- First-team, all-league, MVP and Long Beach Press-Telegram "Dream Team" pick his senior year
- Won a bronze medal at the 2002 Junior National Championships and a gold medal and All-Tournament recognition at the 2004 Junior National with the Riptides volleyball club in Manhattan Beach
- Born Dustin Joseph Watten in 1986
- Parents are Jeff and Kim Watten
- Two brothers named Cody and Chris
- Follows a vegan diet
- An accomplished beach volleyball player with an "AA" rating
- His favorite musical group is Earth, Wind and Fire
- His favorite team is the L.A. Lakers and his favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant
Updated November 2015
Men's Update: Five Things About Erik Shoji
B.J. Hoeptner Evans (email@example.com) March 03, 2016
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B.J. Hoeptner Evans (email@example.com) Dec. 23, 2015
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Paul D. Bowker Dec. 22, 2015
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Men's Update: Five Things About Murphy Troy
B.J. Hoeptner Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dec. 17, 2015
Find out five things about U.S. opposite Murphy Troy that you might not know
U.S. Men's Update: Five Things about Kawika Shoji
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Five things you might not know about Kawika Shoji plus updates on players competing around the world.
Men's Update: Five Top Travel Accessories
B.J. Evans Nov. 04, 2015
What are five important items that U.S. Men's Team players bring with them on the road?
U.S. Olympic Committee Announces Best Of September Honors For Team USA Awards Presented By Dow
United States Olympic Committee Oct. 08, 2015
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Vote On Team USA's Top Athletes From September
Oct. 01, 2015
See which athletes made Team USA's Best of September nominations and vote on your favorites.
U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Wins First World Cup Title In 30 Years, Qualifies For Rio
Darci Miller Sept. 23, 2015
Team USA finished with a 10-1 record in Japan; Matt Anderson was named tournament MVP.