Charleston, USC players to compete for Australia at U21 World Championship qualifier

Photo by Jay Sowers

Two NCAA men’s volleyball players will represent their home nation of Australia at a qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIVB U21 World Championship.

Charleston outside attacker Max Senica and USC incoming freshman outside attacker Izac Carracher were among the 12 players selected to the Australian Men’s Junior Team roster that was unveiled during the weekend.

Senica as a freshman last season was in the top 15 of the EIVA with both a 2.45 kills per game average and a 1.70 digs per game average. He also named the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week after having a combined 21 kills and 14 digs as Charleston upset Princeton on back-to-back nights for its first conference wins in program history.

Carracher will join USC for the 2019 season having played in multiple international tournaments. The 6-foot-6 outside attacker was a member of the Australian Boys’ Youth National Team in 2016 and domestically won the bronze medal at the 2017 U19 Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships.

Australia will compete in the Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship that begins July 21 in Bahrain.

The top-two teams from this 16-team tournament field will qualify for the upcoming U21 World Championship.

Australia’s best performance at the Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship were fifth-place finishes in 1980 and 2008. In addition, the country has never qualified for the U21 World Championship.