Add a middle attacker from the Finnish Men’s National Team to the BYU roster for the upcoming season.
BYU announced Wednesday that Miki Jauhiainen committed to play for the Cougars starting in 2017.
Jauhiainen, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from Tampere, Finland, is on the Finnish roster for the World League this summer. He also helped lead his club team to two silver medals at the Junior National Championships during the last five seasons and three times earned All-Tournament Team honors.
“Miki is a player that will bring depth and international volleyball experience to our middle blocker position,” BYU coach Shawn Olmstead said in a statement. “He is a big and athletic kid with solid movement patterns who should come in and make an impact when he arrives on campus this January.”
BYU finished last season winning its third MPSF championship in the last four years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals. Among the graduated seniors from that team includes all-conference middle attacker and Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year finalist Michael Hatch.