Twelve Chosen for U.S. Men's Jr. Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2014) – USA Volleyball has chosen the 12 players that will compete in El Salvador on July 28-Aug 3 at the NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship.
After training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., the training team was cut from 21 players. The team’s head coach will be Dan Friend, the men’s head coach at Lewis University.
Four members of the MJNT played on the 2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that competed in the FIVB World Championship: setters Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) and Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and liberos Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) and Evan Enriques (Pahala, Hawaii).
Newcomers to the team are outside hitters Storm Faagata (Long Beach, Calif.), Kupono Fey (Honolulu, Hawaii), George Perinar (Channahon, Ill.), Ben Plaisted (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Brenden Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and middle blockers Andy Benesh (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kevin Rakestraw (Newport Beach, Calif.).
Friend will be assisted by Jay Hosack, a men’s assistant at Penn State University, and Sam Shweisky, head coach of the Princeton men’s volleyball team.
Other teams scheduled to compete at the 2014 U21 NORCECA Championships are Barbados, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia.
The U.S. is scheduled to share a pool with Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua. The United States is the defending champion of the event, which was last held in 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
2014 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team
|No.||First||Last||Position||HS Grad Year||City||State||Club or School||USAV Region|
|2||Andy||Benesh||Middle||2013||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||Univ. of Southern Cal||Southern Cal|
|3||Christian||Blough||Setter||2013||Ontario||NY||Ohio State Univ.||Western Emp.|
|5||Kyle||Dagostino||Libero||2014||Tampa||FL||Tampa Bay Invaders||Florida|
|6||Soren||Dion-Kindem||Setter||2017||Agoura Hills||CA||Pepperdine Univ.||Southern Cal|
|7||Evan||Enriques||Libero||2014||Pahala||HI||Ka Ulukoa VBC||Aloha|
|8||Storm||Faagata||Leftside||2014||Long Beach||CA||SCVC||Southern Cal|
|9||Kupono||Fey||Outside||2013||Honolulu||HI||Univ. of Hawaii||Aloha|
|12||Jeff||Jendryk||Middle||2014||Wheaton||IL||Sports Perf. VC||Great Lakes|
|13||George||Perinar||Rightside||2014||Channahon||IL||Ultimate VBC||Great Lakes|
|15||Kevin||Rakestraw||Middle||2013||Newport Beach||CA||Stanford Univ.||Southern Cal|
|16||Brenden||Sander||Leftside||2014||Huntington Beach||CA||Balboa Bay VC||Southern Cal|
Head Coach: Dan Friend
Team Leader: Tom Tait
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Assistant Coach: Sam Shweisky
Team Doctor: Jodi Pelegrin
Statistician: Tyler Adams
Schedule and Results for the 2014 NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship
(All times CT)
2 p.m. USA v Nicaragua (Pool C)
4 p.m. Puerto Rico v St. Lucia (Pool B)
6 p.m. Mexico v Cuba (Pool C)
8 p.m. Barbados v El Salvador (Pool A)
2 p.m. Mexico v Nicaragua (Pool C)
4 p.m. St. Lucia v Canada (Pool B)
6 p.m. Honduras v Barbados (Pool A)
8 p.m. USA v Cuba (Pool C)
2 p.m. Cuba v Nicaragua (Pool C)
4 p.m. Canada v Puerto Rico (Pool B)
6 p.m. USA v Mexico (Pool C)
8 p.m. El Salvador v Honduras (Pool A)
3 p.m. Ninth-place match
5 p.m. Quarterfinal
7 p.m. Quarterfinal
3 p.m. Seventh-place match
5 p.m. Semifinal
7 p.m. Semifinal
3 p.m. Fifth-place match
5 p.m. Bronze medal match
7 p.m. Gold medal match