2018 Boys Youth National Team Bios

Joseph KarlousPosition: Setter
Height: 6-0
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Newport Harbor (2019)
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: joekarlous

Did You Know?

  • Took gold at Boys’ Junior Nationals with Balboa Bay VC in 2015-17
  • MVP of 15 Opens and 16 Opens at BJNC
  • Part of USAV High Performance every year since 2015
  • Father is Remoun Karlous, who is Egyptian. and mother is Theolla Karlous, who is Filipino. Mother played high school volleyball.
  • Has an older sister named Rebecca who competes in gymnastics at UCLA
  • Happiest moment in life was “winning junior nationals”
  • Most admired person: “First God, them my parents” because “they raised me to be the person I am today.”
  • Favorite musical group/person: Khalid and Chance
  • Favorite movie: Rocky IV
  • Favorite athlete: Shaquille O’Neal

Mason BriggsPosition: Libero
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
High School: Bishop Alemany (2019)
College: Verbally committed to Long Beach State
Instagram: masonbriggs
Twitter: @mason_briggs_

Did You Know?
  • Made the BJNC All-Tournament Team in 2015-16 with Legacy VC
  • Part of USAV High Performance since 2013
  • Has competed in beach volleyball since 2013
  • Father is Steve Briggs and mother is Dina Briggs
  • Has two older brothers, Trevor and Tanner
  • Cousin Tony Ker played on U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams and trained with the senior national team. He also played professionally in Kuwait. Cousin Kevin Ker played on the Junior National Team.
  • Most admired person: “My dad, because he cares so much about me and our family and is my No. 1 fan.”
  • Favorite food: “My mom’s pot roast”
  • Favorite musical group: Maroon 5
  • Favorite professional team: LA Dodgers
  • Favorite athletes: Clayton Kershaw
  • Hobbies: Taught himself to ride a unicycle in one day
Aidan Knipe

Position: Setter
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Huntington Beach (2019)
College: Verbally committed to Long Beach State
Instagram: aidan_knipe

Did You Know?

  • Started playing volleyball in 2013 for the Huntington Beach Club
  • Started playing beach volleyball in 2015
  • Has played for Team Rockstar VBC
  • Mother is Jennifer Knipe and father is Alan Knipe. Alan was coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team 2009-12, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Alan is also the longtime men’s volleyball head coach at Long Beach State, where he also played. In 2018, LBSU won the NCAA Men’s Division I National Championship.
  • Has a younger brother named Evan
  • Happiest moment in life: “Being selected for the Youth National Team”
  • Most admired person: “Alan Knipe because he is the hardest-working person I know.”
  • Favorite food: Italian
  • Favorite movie: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Favorite pro team: Dodgers
  • Favorite pro athlete: Andre Ethier
Akhil Tangutur

Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-4
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
High School: Pacific Palisades (2019)
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: akhil.tangutur

Did You Know?

  • Started playing volleyball in 2011 with Bay to Bay VC
  • Started playing beach volleyball in 2015
  • Part of USAV High Performance since 2015
  • Father is Seshadri Tangutur and mother is Pramila Tangutur
  • Has an older brother named Akshay
  • Happiest moment in life: “When I saw my brother bringing our dog home for the first time, surprising all of us.”
  • Most admired person: Oprah Winfrey because she is “a very powerful advocate for gender and race equality.”
  • Favorite food: Enchiladas
  • Favorite professional team: Boston Celtics
  • Favorite athlete: Kyrie Irving

Ethan SmithPosition: Middle blocker
Height: 6-7
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
High School: Aliso Niguel (2019)
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: ethansmith8

Did You Know?

  • Started playing volleyball in 2016 with 949 VC
  • A part of USAV High Performance since 2017
  • Father is Scott Smith and mother is Christie Smith. Scott Smith and his brother Steve Smith both played on the Canadian Men’s National Team
  • Has younger twin sisters, Jessica and Katelyn who both play volleyball
  • Most admired person: “My grandpa because he became partially paralyzed due to polio at age 13 and has overcome many obstacles and lives his life to the fullest despite his disability.”
  • Favorite food: Surf and turf
  • Favorite movie: Happy Gilmore
  • Favorite musicians: Post Malone and The Weeknd
Joseph Deluzio

Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-6
Hometown: Windermere, Fla.
High School: The First Academy (2020)
College: Verbally committed to Pepperdine
Instagram: Jdeluzio3

Did You Know?

  • Started playing volleyball in 2013 for Orlando Gold VC
  • Father is Donald Deluzio and mother is Sheri Deluzio
  • Joe is the youngest of nine siblings, all of whom have played, are playing or are committed to play college athletics
  • Brother Ben Deluzio is a baseball player with the Arizona Diamondbacks Double A team
  • Sister Krystal Thomas-Smith played basketball with the Washington Mystics
  • Sister Loren Thomas played professional volleyball
  • Most admired people: “My parents because they have shaped me into the person I am today”
  • Happiest moment in life: “Seeing my niece, Addison, born”
  • Favorite food: Teriyaki chicken and fried rice
  • Favorite movie: White Chicks
  • Favorite professional team: Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant
Alex KnightPosition: Outside hitter
Height: 6-6
Hometown: Culver City, Calif.
High School: Pacifica Christian (2019)
College: Verbally committed to UCLA
Instagram: alexknight12

  • Began playing indoor volleyball in 2015 for Pac6
  • Has also played beach volleyball with BYNT teammate Akhil Tangutu
  • Has been a part of USAV High Performance since 2016
  • Did not play volleyball his freshman year of high school, instead he played varsity baseball
  • Father is Jim Knight and mother is Sue Knight
  • Has an older brother (Ryan), older sister (Lindsey) and younger sister (Ellie)
  • Played on one of the top Southern California travel baseball teams in U11-U13 and was the winning pitcher of the Pony World Series Championship game in 2014
  • Started playing volleyball in eight grade when he took a break from baseball
  • Favorite pro team: New England Patriots
  • Favorite athlete: Tom Brady
  • Favorite musical act: Post Malone
James HartleyPosition: Outside hitter
Height: 6-6
Hometown: Waxhaw, N.C.
High School: Marvin Ridge (2019)
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: jameshartley

Did You Know?
  • Began playing volleyball in 2007 with Carolina UVC on a girls’ team since no boys’ team was available
  • Part of USAV High Performance since 2012
  • Father is Rod Hartley and mother is Karen Hartley
  • Has an older sister named Katrina who played volleyball at Carolina Juniors
  • Most admired person is “My sister because she never quits. Every obstacle that is thrown at her, she perseveres and works through it. She is the hardest worker I have ever met.”
  • Builds a seven-foot model roller coaster around the Christmas tree every year made out of K’nex
  • Favorite musical act: Sia
  • Favorite pro team: U.S. Men’s National Team
  • Favorite pro athlete: Ben Patch
Ethan HillPosition: Middle blocker
Height: 6-7
Hometown: San Clemente, Calif. (2019)
High School: St. Margaret’s Episcopal
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: ethanhill

Did You Know?
  • Started playing volleyball in 2013 with 949 VC
  • Now plays for Balboa Bay
  • Has been a part of USAV High Performance since 2015
  • Made all-tournament team at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2016-17
  • Father is Dave Hill and mother is Melissa Hill
  • Has a younger brother and two younger sisters
  • Grandfather played minor league baseball in the Dodgers organization
  • Happiest moment in life is “every time I finish my homework”
  • Most admired person is “my dad because of all the work he does to help me and my family”
  • Favorite food: In-N-Out cheeseburgers
  • Favorite athlete: Matt Anderson
Clarke GodboldPosition: Opposite
Height: 6-5
Hometown: San Pedro, Calif.
High School: Palos Verdes Peninsula (2020)
College: Uncommitted
Instagram: clarkegodbold12

Did You Know?
  • Started playing volleyball and beach volleyball in 2015 for SCVC
  • Attended USAV High Performance camp in 2017
  • 2017 gold medal at Boys’ Junior Nationals with SCVC in 15U
  • 2017 BJNC all-tournament
  • 2016 silver medal at BJNC with SCVC in 14U
  • Earned AA ranking in California beach volleyball
  • Father is Bryan Godbold and mother is Elizabeth Godbold
  • Has an older brother named Blake
  • Most admired person: “My parents for being dedicated teachers”
  • Happiest moment in life: “Beating my older brother in one-on-one basketball for the first time”
  • Favorite food: Chocolate milk
  • Favorite musical act: Walker Hayes
  • Favorite pro athlete: T.J. DeFalco
Scott SolanPosition: Opposite
Height: 6-8
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School: West Career and Technical Academy (2019)
College: Verbally committed to Pepperdine

Did You Know?
  • Started playing volleyball in 2015 for Vegas VC
  • Has also played for Vegas United
  • Has been a part of USAV High Performance since 2015
  • Won the 2017 Nevada high school state championship and made first-team all-region
  • Father is Paul Solan and mother is Kathleen Solan
  • Has two older sisters named Kristen and Brooke
  • Most admired people: “My parents are overall the best role models, most kind people, my biggest supporters and strongest set of people I know.”
  • Happiest moment in life: “Winning a high school state championship in volleyball”
  • Favorite food: Filet mignon, medium rare
  • Favorite musical act: Louis the Child
  • Favorite pro team: Las Vegas Golden Knights
  • Favorite pro athlete: Matt Anderson
Nathaniel GatesPosition: Middle blocker
Height: 6-8
Hometown: La Jolla, Calif.
High school: La Jolla (2019)
College: Uncommitted

Did You Know?
  • Started playing volleyball in 2014 with Coast VC
  • 2017 first-team all-CIF
  • Father is Michael Gates and mother is Amy Randel. Amy played volleyball at Brown University and Michael played basketball there.
  • Has an older sister named Madeleine who plays volleyball at UCLA
  • Most admired people: “May parents because they are my role models”
  • Happiest moment in life: “The day I was born”
  • Favorite food: California burritos
  • Favorite musical act: Kendrick Lamar
  • Favorite pro team: Lakers