Training roster unveiled for U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team

Photo courtesy of NORCECA and the FIVB

The preliminary roster is set of the United States ahead of the biggest youth international tournament.

USA Volleyball announced on Wednesday the 24-player training roster for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that will compete at the FIVB U19 World Championship.

The U.S. roster will be reduced to 12 players before the World Championship that begins on Aug. 21 in Tunisia.

All 12 players who helped the United States qualify for the World Championship were named to the training roster. The United States earned its World Championship berth last year after winning the silver medal at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship.

Pepperdine leads all teams with four recruits making the U.S. training roster. UCLA, UC Irvine, Stanford and the defending NCAA champions Long Beach State each also have multiple recruits making the team.

Along with these teams, Harvard, Lewis, Princeton and Purdue Fort Wayne all have one player on the roster.

The U.S. team will conduct its training session at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in July.

The United States is making its seventh consecutive appearance at the World Championship. The best finish for the United States in this bi-annual event is seventh place in 1995 and 2015.

U.S. Boys Youth National Training Team

Setter: Joe Karlous, Pepperdine
Setter: Kevin Kauling, Lewis commit
Setter: Aidan Knipe, Long Beach State
Setter: Nathan Lietzke, Stanford
Setter: Henry Wedbush
Opposite: Akin Akinwumi, Pepperdine
Opposite: Clarke Godbold, Long Beach State commit
Opposite: Scott Solan, Pepperdine commit
Outside attacker: Luke Benson
Outside attacker: Joe Deluzio, Pepperdine commit
Outside attacker; James Hartley, Princeton
Outside attacker: Alex Knight, UCLA
Outside attacker: Klistan Lawrence
Outside attacker: Sebastian Rodriguez
Outside attacker: Francesco Sani, UC Irvine commit
Outside attacker: Akhil Tangutur, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Nathaniel Gates, Stanford
Middle attacker: Ethan Hill, UCLA
Middle attacker: Gavin Julien
Middle attacker: Gavin Leising
Middle attacker: Ethan Smith, Harvard
Middle attacker: Rico Wardlow, Purdue Fort Wayne
Libero: Mason Briggs, Long Beach State
Libero: Cole Power, UCLA

Coaching staff
Head coach: David Hunt, Pepperdine head coach
Assistant coach: Nick MacRae, Long Beach State assistant coach
Assistant coach: Colin McMillan, Penn State associate head coach
Assistant coach: Kevin Burch, Ohio State head coach
Technical coordinator: Mitch Lush, Ohio State director of operations