Six incoming college men’s volleyball recruits capped of their club careers with a national title.
NYU’s Gautham Dasari and Thomas Lawler, UC Irvine’s Cole Gillis, Lewis’ Jackson Hickman, Menlo’s Christian Menchaca and Daemen’s Parker Wade all helped their club teams win gold medals on Wednesday at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.
Hickman was named the tournament’s most valuable player as he led Arizona Fear to the U18 Club Division championship. Despite losing Vegas Xtreme earlier in the tournament, Arizona Fear avenged its only loss in the event and swept Vegas Xtreme in the finals 25-13, 25-12.
Dasari, Gillis, Lawler and Menchaca guided Mountain View Volleyball Club to finish the tournament 9-2, including beating Balboa Bay 25-22, 19-25, 15-9 in the U18 Open Division finals. Before that finals victory, Mountain View Volleyball Club was winless against Balboa Bay this season.
Wade was a part of Spike and Serve’s championship run that culminated with a 25-17, 25-20 sweep against Sports Performance in the championship match of the U18 USA Division. Spike and Serve opened the tournament on a seven-match winning streak and finished at 10-1.
The Boys’ Junior National Championships is the most prestigious annual club event. The eight-day tournament features hundreds of teams from around the nation.