USA Volleyball Announces 2018 Boys’ Youth National Training Team

The United State Boys’ Youth National Training Team has been announced, consisting of a 20-player roster. That set of players will help prepare the team and narrow down the roster to 12 to compete in the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship on June 6-10 in Costa Rica – which serves as a qualifier for the 2019 FIVB U19 World Championship.

In total, 13 of the 20 players are from California and the roster is made up of six outside hitters, four setters, five middle blockers, three opposites and two liberos. That roster can be seen below, sorted into positional groups:

Outside Hitters (6):

  • Joseph Deluzio (OH, 6-6, Windermere, Fla.) – Class of 2020 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • James Hartley (OH, 6-6, Waxhaw, N.C.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Alex Knight (OH, 6-6, Culver City, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (UCLA Commit)
  • Sebastian Rodriguez (OH, 6-4, Hermosa Beach, Calif.) – Class of 2020 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Zachary Schneider (OH, 6-6, Lockport, N.Y.) – Class of 2019 (LBSU Commit)
  • Akhil Tangutur (OH, 6-4, Pacific Palisades, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)

Setters (4):

  • Joseph Karlous (S, 6-0, Costa Mesa, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Kevin Kauling (S, 6-8, Naperville, Ill.) – Class of 2019 (Lewis Commit)
  • Aidan Knipe (S, 6-2, Huntington Beach, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (LBSU Commit)
  • Nathan Lietzke (S, 6-4, Austin, Texas) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)

Middle Blockers (5):

  • Adam Chang (MB, 6-5, San Diego, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Nathaniel Gates (MB, 6-8, La Jolla, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Ethan Hill (MB, 6-7, San Clemente, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Ethan Smith (MB, 6-7, Laguna Niguel, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Gavin Julien (MB, 6-8, Whitefish Bay, Wis.) – Class of 2019 (No commit known by VM at this time)

Right Sides/Opposites (3):

  • Clarke Godbold (Opp, 6-5, San Pedro, Calif.) – Class of 2020 (No commit known by VM at this time)
  • Scott Solan (Opp, 6-8, Las Vegas, Nev.) – Class of 2019 (Pepperdine Commit)
  • Kyle Vom Steeg (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Niguel, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (UCLA Commit)

Liberos (2):

  • Mason Briggs (L, 5-11, Valencia, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (LBSU Commit)
  • Cole Power (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif.) – Class of 2019 (UCLA Commit)

Coaching that group of players will be UCLA assistant Brad Keller (head coach), LBSU assistant Nick MacRae (assistant), Penn State assistant Colin McMillan (assistant) and Ohio State assistant Kevin Burch (technical coordinator).

The team will train in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center from May 25-June 4, with that cut of that eight-man-cut of the roster occurring at the tail-end. Then they will go to the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship, where they finished 15th in 2017 and second in 2016.

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