U.S. unveils final 12-player roster for U19 World Championship

The preliminary roster has been whittled following a two-week training camp and the United States has its team for the upcoming FIVB U19 World Championship.

USA Volleyball announced during the weekend the 12-player U.S. team comprised of high school players and incoming college freshmen that will compete at the international tournament in Bahrain.

“We are very excited about this team and its potential,” coach Sam Shweisky said in a statement. “We have assembled a great mix of guys who have international experience as well as some new guys are bring a nice balance of ball control and physicality. The team is really bonding at a very fast rate and getting excited to go overseas and represent USA Volleyball.”

Shweisky and his coaching staff selected the U.S. roster from a group of 23 players who participated in the team’s training camp in Lake Placid, New York.

USC leads all schools with three commits and incoming recruits making the final U.S. roster. In addition, UC Irvine and Stanford each had multiple players and commits earn a roster spot.

Along with these schools, Charleston, Loyola and Ohio State each had an incoming recruit or commit selected to the team.

The United States will begin World Championship on Friday with its first of four pool-play matches.

The top four teams in the five-team pool will advance to the Round of 16. The United States at No. 7 in the world rankings is the highest ranked team in its poll.

The United States qualified for the World Championship after winning the silver medal at the 2016 NORCECA U19 Continental Championship. In addition, several players for the current U.S. team played for the Boys’ Youth National Team that finished 7-1 at the recent USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

2017 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team
Setter: Chris Hall, USC
Setter: Chase Johnson, Charleston
Opposite: Jonny Bowles, UC Irvine
Opposite: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Outside attacker: Brandon Browning, USC
Outside attacker: Dev Joslyn, Loyola
Outside attacker: Jerod Nelsen
Outside attacker: Joel Schneidmiller, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Samuel Lewis, USC
Middle attacker: Daniel Matheney
Middle attacker: Kyler Presho, Stanford
Libero: Parker Mikesch, Ohio State

U.S. coaching staff
Head coach: Sam Shweisky, Princeton
Associate head coach: Brad Keller, UCLA
Assistant coach: Theo Edwards, CSUN
Head of delegation: Joel Walton, Ball State
Doctor: Priscilla Tu
Technical coordinator: Galen Dodd, UCLA