USC adds highly touted Australian, all-conference recruits to 2019 roster

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A member of the Australian Boys’ Youth National Team along with two players who had record-setting high school careers will join USC for the upcoming season.

USC announced Wednesday that Izac Carracher, Dylan Lange and Liam Schroeder have all committed to play for the Trojans beginning in 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome these talented young players to our program,” USC coach Jeff Nygaard said in a statement. “Izac brings an international mentality and skill set to our team, and he has the right kind of priorities to help us. Liam is a natural blocker and a physical presence at the net, plus he has strong leadership qualities. Dylan is a well-rounded athlete who fits our style of play and his ability to play multiple positions will help our program.”

Carracher, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Sydney, played for both the Australian Boys’ Pre-Youth National Team and the Australian Boys’ Youth National Team in international tournaments during 2016. The All-New South Wales selection with his high school team also won the bronze medal at the 2017 U19 Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships and spent the last two years playing in the nation’s premier indoor volleyball club league.

Lange, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker and libero from Santa Clarita, California, earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this year. In addition, Lange as a senior had 115 kills and led his high school team to its first state tournament win in program history.

Schroeder, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from Milwaukee, set the Wisconsin record for blocks in 2017 and guided his high school to the state championship. He also was both a first-team all-state recipient and an all-conference recipient as a junior and senior.

USC now has five commitments in its latest recruiting class. Both Jameson McKibbin and Brandon Browning signed with the team in November.

The Trojans finished last season in sixth place in the MPSF and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. Among the starters returning for USC in 2019 includes two MPSF All-Freshmen — middle attacker Sam Lewis and libero Cole Paxson.