Men's Junior National Team Headed for Cuba

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Aug. 23, 2018, 12:16 p.m. (ET)
U.S. Men's Junior National Team player Kyler Presho
Kyler Presho attacks for the U.S. Boys' Junior National Team at the 2017 FIVB U19 World Championship.
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 23, 2018) – USA Volleyball has announced the 12 players selected for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that will compete Aug. 27-Sept. 2 at the NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship in Havana, Cuba.

The winner of the Continental Championship will qualify for the 2019 FIVB U21 World Championship. The site and dates for that competition have not been announced.

Four players on the roster played on the 2017 Boys’ Youth National Team that competed at the FIVB U19 World Championship: opposite Jaylen Jasper, outside hitter Devin Joslyn and middle blockers Kyler Presho and Sam Lewis.

Setters on the team are Blake Crisp and Joe Kelly.

Outside hitters are Joslyn, Kevin Lamp, Spencer Olivier and J.P. Reilly.

Middle blockers are Lewis, Presho and J.T. Martin.

Opposites are Jasper and Luke Denton.

The libero is Garland Peed.

The roster includes three current Stanford players (Jasper, Presho and Reilly) and one committed to Stanford (Lamp). Loyola Chicago has one current player (Joslyn) and one signee (Denton). UC San Diego, USC, Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Princeton each have one player, either active or a signee, on the roster).

Cuba has won the tournament a record five times followed by United States with three, including the most recent championship in 2016 when it beat Cuba, 25-17, 29-27, 19-25, 25-22 in the final in Gatineau, Canada.

 The U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team has been practicing since Aug. 15 at the Adversity Volleyball Club in Vernon Hills, Ill.

U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team Roster

Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 Blake Crisp (S, 6-3, Westlake Village, Calif., Signed to UC San Diego)
3 Luke Denton (Opp, 6-6, Mesa, Ariz., Signed to Loyola Chicago)
7 Jaylen Jasper (Opp, 6-8, Annapolis, Md., Stanford)
8 Devin Joslyn (OH, 6-6, Angola, N.Y., Loyola Chicago)
10 Kevin Lamp (OH, 6-4, Lake Bluff, Ill., Committed to Stanford)
11C Sam Lewis (MB, 6-10, Long Beach, Calif., USC)
12 J.T. Martin (MB, 6-8, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Signed to Pepperdine)
14 Spencer Olivier (OH, 6-6, Tustin, Calif., Long Beach State)
15 Garland Peed V (L, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., UCLA)
16 Kyler Presho (MB, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
19 J.P. Reilly (OH, 6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford)
22 Joe Kelly (S, 6-2, El Segundo, Calif., Princeton)

Head Coach: Jonah Carson (USAV High Performance and Mountain View Volleyball Club)
Assistant Coach: Kris Berzins (USAV High Performance and D1 Volleyball Club)
Assistant Coach: Sam Shweisky (Princeton University men's volleyball)
Team Manager: Aldis Berzins (Stevenson University Men’s Volleyball)
Technical Coordinator: Jeremy DeRoche
Team Doctor: Denise Wunderler

Preliminary Phase Schedule:

(All times ET)

Aug. 27

Noon: Barbados v Dominican Republic

2 p.m. Canada v Haiti

4 p.m. United States v Nicaragua
6 p.m. Cuba v Guatemala

 

Aug. 28

Noon: Dominican Republic v Guatemala

2 p.m. Canada v Nicaragua

4 p.m. United States v Haiti
6 p.m. Cuba v Barbados

 

Aug. 29

Noon: Guatemala v Barbados

2 p.m. Nicaragua v Haiti

4 p.m. Canada v United States
6 p.m. Cuba v Dominican Republic