Hawai’i, Loyola starters make U.S. roster for NORCECA Championship Cup

Photo courtesy of Hawai’i athletics

Two of the top players in college men’s volleyball will represent the United States at an upcoming international tournament.

USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that Loyola setter Garrett Zolg and Hawai’i middle attacker Patrick Gasman were selected to country’s 14-player roster for the upcoming NORCECA Championship Cup.

Both Zolg and Gasman join the United States following All-American seasons and are the only active college men’s volleyball players on the team.

Zolg finished last season second in the nation with a 10.86 assists per game average and guided the Ramblers offense to the country’s 10th-best attack at .306. In addition, the First-Team All-MIVA selection and All-American honorable mention helped lead Loyola to the MIVA Tournament finals.

This is the second international event during the summer with Zolg on the U.S. roster. The setter played for the United States at the World University Games in July.

Gasman was the 2019 Off the Block National Blocker of the Year and concluded the season second in the country averaging 1.42 blocks per game. The All-American middle attacker also had career-best .463 attack percentage as Hawai’i won the Big West championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals.

Along with Zolg and Gasman, the U.S. roster features 12 former NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players.

Both Lewis and Pepperdine led all schools with two former players making the team. In addition, Long Beach State, Ohio State, Princeton, Sacred Heart, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and USC each have an alumni on the roster.

The NORCECA Championship Cup will begin Aug. 22 at the U.S. Olympic Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The United States under Grand Canyon coach Matt Werle will face Puerto Rico, Cuba and Canada in the pool-play stage of the tournament.

U.S. roster for NORCECA Championship Cup

Setter: Garrett Zolg (Loyola)
Setter: Matt Yoshimoto (Lewis 2016-19)
Opposite: Ryan Moss (USC 2016-19)
Opposite: Michael Wexter (Pepperdine 2016-19)
Outside attacker: Corey Chavers (UC Santa Barbara 2016-19)
Outside attacker: Cody Kessel (Princeton 2012-15)
Outside attacker: Greg Petty (Lewis 2012-15)
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek (Pepperdine 2016-19)
Middle attacker: Nick Amado (Long Beach State 2016-19)
Middle attacker: Patrick Gasman (Hawai’i)
Middle attacker: Matthew August (UC Irvine 2016, Irvine College 2017-18)
Middle attacker: Blake Leeson (Ohio State 2016-19)
Libero: Joshua Ayzenberg (Sacred Heart 2015-18)
Libero: JT Hatch (UCLA 2015-18)

U.S. coaching staff
Head coach: Matt Werle, Grand Canyon
Assistant coach: Spencer McLachlin, UCLA
Physiotherapist: Melanie Luck
Team manager: Kimmie Beach
Statistician: Michael Gee