Freshmen to watch this college men’s volleyball season

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Brandon Johnson | Senior Contributor

The 2019 season graduated a senior class littered with All-Americans, Off the Block award winners, and school record holders. Nearly every top-10 team entering the 2020 season lost at least one senior and will need to look within their programs to find production for the upcoming season.


As the calendar changes and the 2020 season opens, a new crop of freshmen prepare to take the court and make a name for themselves and their programs, carrying on the tradition of those that have graduated before them.

Below is a list of freshman to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond. This list includes players former U.S. Boys’ Youth National team members, players with international experience from countries outside the United States, and players that took a redshirt in 2019.

2020 Freshman Watch List

  • Mason Briggs (Libero, Long Beach State, Bishop Alemany HS)
  • James Hartley (Outside Attacker, Princeton, Marvin Ridge HS)
  • Kevin Kauling (Setter, Lewis, Neuqua Valley HS)
  • Alex Knight (Outside Attacker, UCLA, Pacifica Christian HS)
  • Mads Kyed Jensen (Setter, UCLA, Falkonergaarden School, Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Gavin Julien (Middle Blocker, BYU, Whitefish Bay HS)    
  • Kevin Lamp (Outside Attacker, Stanford, Lake Forest HS)
  • JT Martin (Middle Attacker, Pepperdine, Cardinal Gibbons HS)
  • Julian Meissner (Opposite, NJIT, Schul-Und Leistungssporzentrum, Berlin, Germany)
  • Diego Perez (Libero, Pepperdine, Corona Del Mar HS)
  • Zach Schneider (Outside, Daeman, Lockport HS)
  • Patrick Vorenkamp (Setter, UC Irvine, Junipero Serra HS)
  • Guilherme Voss (Middle Attacker, Hawai’i, Colegio Teresiano, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Rico Wardlow (Middle Attacker, Purdue-Fort Wayne, Bolingbrook HS)