7 college recruits selected to initial roster for U.S. Youth National Team

Seven incoming college men’s volleyball freshman recruits are among the players being considered to represent the United States at the one of the world’s biggest international tournament this summer.

USA Volleyball announced Monday that seven high school seniors were among the 17 players selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team for the upcoming FIVB U-19 Youth World Championship.

Penn State led all schools with two incoming recruits making the initial roster. In addition, Ball State, Lewis, Long Beach State, Ohio State and Pepperdine each had one of its recruits make the training team.


The other 12 players making the initial roster are all high school juniors and have yet to officially signed a letter of intent with a college team.

The 17-player roster will be narrowed down to 12 players before the start of the Youth World Championship starting June 27 in Mexico. USA Volleyball also announced Monday that more players may be added to the initial roster before of the team’s training session later this summer.

The United States, which will be coached by Penn State assistant Colin McMillan, qualified for the Youth World Championship after winning the bronze medal at the 2012 NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National team is comprised of players born in 1995 or 1996. The team will begin practicing together June 12 and before the Youth World Championship will travel to Mexico for a pre-championship international exhibition tournament.

Setter: Christy Blough, Ohio State recruit
Setter: Soren Dion-Kindem, Pepperdine recruit
Setter: Curtis Stallings, Long Beach State recruit
Opposite: Aidan Albrecht, Penn State recruit
Opposite: Karl Apfelbach, high school junior
Opposite: Clay Carr, high school junior
Outside attacker: Jacob Arnitz, high school junior
Outside attacker: Evan Enriques, high school junior
Outside attacker: Colby Harriman, high school junior
Outside attacker: Chris Nugent, Penn State recruit
Outside attacker: Earl Schultz, high school junior
Outside attacker: Lee Smith, high school junior
Middle attacker: Connor Lammey, Lewis recruit
Middle attacker: Alex Pia, Ball State recruit
Middle attacker: Christian Rupert, high school junior
Middle attacker: Matt Walsh, high school junior
Libero: Kyle Dagostino, high school junior