BYU middle makes Finland roster for World League

Middle attacker Miki Jauhiainen after helping BYU reach the NCAA Tournament finals will spend the off-season representing his nation in the biggest international volleyball tournament of the summer.

Jauhiainen was one of the 22 players named to Finland’s roster for the upcoming 2017 FIVB World League.

The BYU freshman from Tampere, Finland primarily came off the bench throughout his first college season and finished with 41 blocks and seven ace. He also had season-high eight blocks in a sweep against Hawai’i in March as BYU eventually ended the regular season earning a share of the MPSF regular season title.

Jauhiainen at 6-foot-9 will be the tallest player on the Finnish roster. In addition, the middle attacker is the third youngest player on the national team that has an average age of 23 years old.

Finland is one of 12 teams competing in Group 2 of the international tournament. Group 2 is the second of three competitive playing tiers in the FIVB World League.

With Jauhiainen making his debut on the World League roster last year, Finland finished in fourth place in Group 2.

Finland will open World League play against Slovenia on June 2 in South Korea.

2 thoughts on “BYU middle makes Finland roster for World League

  1. Michael Milstien and Shalev Saada from GCU are going to compete in the same tournament with the Israeli National team. JUST SAYING.

    1. Both are playing on the Israeli National team but Israel is not in the FIVB World League this year. Israel is competing in the European League this summer. Once the Israeli roster is set and made official we’ll have a story about it.

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