The most valuable player of the U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup is arriving to Hawai’i early.
Hawai’i announced earlier this week that setter Tread Rosenthal has opted to graduate high school early and will join the Rainbow Warriors for the 2024 season.
Rosenthal guided the U.S. offense to a .370 attack percentage en route to earning the top individual honor and leading the team to the gold medal at the U19 Pan Am Cup in March. The 6-foot-8 Texan also was named the Best Setter at the 2022 U19 Pan American Cup as the United States won the championship and earned a berth to the upcoming FIVB U19 World Championship.
Along with playing on the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team, Rosenthal in beach volleyball qualified for the FIVB U19 Beach World Championship last year.
Rosenthal had already committed to Hawai’i as a 2024 recruit but with this decision graduate high school early the setter will be reclassified as a 2023 recruit.
This is the second setter to join the Rainbow Warriors during the offseason. Former Lewis All-American Kevin Kauling opted to transfer to Hawai’i as a graduate student for the upcoming season.
Hawai’i reached the NCAA Tournament finals last season and was one win away from winning its third consecutive national championship. The team, though, will have to replace graduated setter Jakob Thelle, who was named the 2023 National Player of the Year.