Name: TJ DeFalco
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-5 (196cm)
Weight: 180 (82kg)
Birthplace: Mo.
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Huntington Beach HS
College: Long Beach State (2019)
Other Career Highlights
  • Named 2017 AVCA and MPSF Player of the Year as LBSU made it to the NCAA men's championship semifinals; AVCA First Team All-American
  • Was the youngest player to compete with the U.S. Men's senior team at the 2017 World League and USAV Cup
  • Competed in beach volleyball at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, where he and partner Louis Richard finished tied for fifth
  • Won bronze at the 2013 FIVB Beach Under-19 World Championships with partner Lucas Yoder
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  • Named MVP and Best Spiker at the 2014 NORCECA Boys' Under-19 Continental Championship as the U.S. won the tournament with a 4-0 record
  • Winner of the 2017 Off the Block Karch Kiraly Award as the nation's best collegiate outside hitter
  • Named 2016 AVCA Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-American
  • Member of the 2015 Boys' Youth National Team
  • At 18, the youngest player on the 2015 U.S. World League preliminary roster
  • Member of the 2015 Men's Team for the Pan American Games in Toronto
  • Finished ninth at the 2014 FIVB Beach U19 World Championships
  • Played high school volleyball for Huntington Beach
  • 2014 CIF-SS Division I Player of the Year as HBHS won its second consecutive Division I CIF Southern Section and Southern California Regional championships
  • Selected for the 2012 Boys' Select A1 camp in Des Moines
  • Participated in the Boys' Future Select A1 camp in 2011
  • Collected two gold medals, one silver and one bronze over his last four USAV Boys' Junior National Championships (2011-14 BJNCs) with Huntington Beach Club; Tournament MVP in 2013 (U-16) and 2014 (U-18)
  • Earned BJNC all-tournament honors every year
Personal: Parents are Torey and Gina DeFalco. Both have played volleyball in recreational leagues...One of seven siblings. All played volleyball. All have names beginning with T...TJ and his siblings were all home-schooled, although TJ played volleyball for Huntington Beach HS...Grew up in Missouri, where the family raised exotic animals