Hawai’i, Lincoln Memorial recruits make nation’s premier beach volleyball training team

Two NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball incoming freshmen will spend the offseason participating in one of the nation’s most elite beach volleyball programs.

USA Volleyball announced this weekend that Hawai’i’s Brett Sheward and Lincoln Memorial’s Jacob Titus were selected to the U19 A1 National Training Team.

The A1 National Training Team is comprised of the top 12 beach volleyball players from around the nation who are 19 years old or younger. It also is part of the USA Volleyball Junior Beach High Performance Program and pipeline to the national teams.

Sheward, a setter from Southern California, was named the All-Tournament Team at the 2017 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship with his indoor club team that competed in the 17 Open division. As a senior, he helped lead his high school team in May to its first regional championship in program history.

Titus, 6-foot-3 recruit from Hendersonville, Tennessee, is a member of the U.S. U19 Junior Beach National Team and one of three players not from California to make the A1 National Training Team roster. In addition, Titus finished in fourth place at the 2017 USA Volleyball High Performance U19 World Trials.

Members of the A1 National Training Team will have an eight-day training camp beginning July 21 in Southern California and then will compete at the 2018 High Performance Championships in Hermosa Beach, California.