Patch Confirms He is Focused on Tokyo 2020

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Oct. 06, 2017, 11:19 a.m. (ET)

Ben Patch serves

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2017) – After an eventful first season with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, opposite Ben Patch is focused on the 2020 Olympic Games.

“It’s been really great to work in this gym with these guys,” Patch said. “It’s only inspired me even more to make a run for 2020 to make it to Tokyo. I think we have such a good team and a good energy and a good mindset. It’s a culture that anyone would want to be a part of.”

Patch finished his career at BYU after the NCAA Championship in May and immediately went to train with the U.S. Men in Anaheim. In the absence of starting opposite Matt Anderson, Patch started 11 of 13 FIVB World League matches in 2017 for the U.S. Men. He was the team’s second-leading scorer with 178 points in 52 sets.

He also saw playing time in friendly matches against Brazil and in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, playing opposite while Anderson was on the left side.

On the side, Patch enjoys photography and pursues it when he can.

“I believe that the more diverse you can be as a human being, the more strength you’ll have in your field and in your career,” Patch said. “I do photography because I believe it helps me in volleyball to see a new picture, a new light every single play. I do that on the side as much as I can. But it is a hobby.”

This winter, Patch will be competing in Italy’s Serie A League for Tonno Callipo Calabria in Vibo Valentia.