Press Kit for 2013 U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team
U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team press kit for 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship.
U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Volleyball Team Press Kit 2013 FIVB Volleyball Menâ€™s U21 World Championship Ankara and Izmir, Turkey Aug. 22-Sept. 1, 2013 For additional information or to schedule interviews, please contact: BJ Evans, USA Volleyball Manager of Communications (email@example.com) Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern (firstname.lastname@example.org) (719) 228-6800 Press kit designed by Darci Miller 1 Table of Contents Media Resources ......................................................................................................................................... 3 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster........................................................................... 4 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Photo Roster ................................................................ 5 Event Information ....................................................................................................................................... 6 Teams By Pool ............................................................................................................................................. 7 Pool Play Schedule ...................................................................................................................................... 8 Playoff Schedule .......................................................................................................................................... 9 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Preview ...................................................................... 10 Athlete Profiles.......................................................................................................................................... 12 Staff Profiles .............................................................................................................................................. 27 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team in Review ............................................................................ 31 Past Results ............................................................................................................................................... 35 Volleyball Glossary .................................................................................................................................... 36 2 Media Resources Inquiries Contact Darci Miller USA Volleyball Communications Intern Email: email@example.com Phone: (719) 228-6800 Address: USA Volleyball 4065 Sinton Road, Suite 200 Colorado Springs, Colo. 80907 Website: www.usavolleyball.org Social Media http://www.facebook.com/USAVBall @USA_Volleyball - @FIVBMensU21 #FIVBMensU21 Other Resources Federation Internationale de Volleyball www.fivb.org North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation www.norceca.net 3 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster No. 1 2 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 14 15 16 17 18 20 Name Brennan Anderson* Taylor Gregory Tony Ensbury Driss Guessous Michael Henchy Nick Olson Ben Patch Greg Petty* Aaron Russell James Shaw Kyle Russell Tom Jaeschke Matt West (C) D.J. White Bobby Walsh* Pos. Hometown L MB L MB OH MB Opp OH OH S OH OH S OH MB Newport Beach, Calif. Saugus, Calif. Manhattan Beach, Calif. Pasadena, Calif. Ventura, Calif. New Berlin, Wis. Provo, Utah Downer’s Grove, Ill. Ellicott City, Md. Woodside, Calif. Loomis, Calif. Wheaton, Ill. Seattle, Wash. Hermosa Beach, Calif. Chicago, Ill. Club/Region Balboa Bay/SCVA Legacy/SCVA SCVC/SCVA Manhattan Beach Surf/SCVA Spectrum VBC/SCVA West Allis Lightning/Badger Mountain View/Intermountain Sports Performance/Great Lakes Maryland Volleyball Program/ Chesapeake Mountain View Volleyball Club/ NCVA SCVC/SCVA Sports Performance/Great Lakes Space Needle VBF/Puget Sound Manhattan Beach Surf/SCVA Ultimate VBC/Great Lakes Grad. 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2012 2012 2011 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011 2011 2012 College Ohio State Long Beach State Princeton Ohio State Ohio State Loyola Chicago BYU Lewis Penn State Stanford UC Irvine Loyola Chicago Pepperdine Harvard Lewis Head Coach: Pete Hanson (Ohio State University) Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack (Penn State University) Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University) Technical Assistant: Jacob Schick (Ohio State University) Team Doctor: Julie Chuan Team Manager: Tom Tait * Alternate 4 2013 U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Team #2 Taylor Gregory Middle Blocker Santa Clarita, Calif. #4 Tony Ensbury Libero Manhattan Beach, Calif. #5 Driss Guessous Middle Blocker Pasadena, Calif. #6 Michael Henchy Outside Hitter Ventura, Calif. #8 Nick Olson Middle Blocker New Berlin, Wis. #9 Ben Patch Opposite Provo, Utah #12 Aaron Russell Outside Hitter Ellicott City, Md. #14 James Shaw Setter Woodside, Calif. #15 Kyle Russell Outside Hitter Loomis, Calif. #16 Tom Jaeschke Outside Hitter Wheaton, Ill. #17 Matt West Setter Seattle, Washington #18 D.J. White Outside Hitter Hermosa Beach, Calif. #1 Brennan Anderson Libero Newport Beach, Calif. #10 Greg Petty Outside Hitter Downerâ€™s Grove, Ill. 5 #20 Bobby Walsh Middle Blocker Chicago, Ill. Event Information Event Date Location FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Aug. 22-Sept. 1, 2013 Ankara and Izmir, Turkey Venues Başkent Volleyball Hall (Ankara) Courtesy of FIVB Courtesy of FIVB Ataturk Sports Hall (Izmir) 6 The Teams Pool A Morocco Turkey Egypt China India Pool B Argentina Mexico Japan Estonia Iran Pool C United States Tunisia Serbia Rwanda Canada Pool D Brazil France Russia Italy Venezuela 7 First Round Pool Play Schedule (info courtesy of FIVB) BaĹ&#x;kent Volleyball Hall Ankara, Turkey Pool A Date Aug. 22 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Time 14:30 19:30 14:30 19:30 14:30 19:00 14:30 19:30 12:00 14:30 China Turkey Egypt Morocco India Turkey Egypt China India Morocco Teams vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. Morocco India China Turkey Morocco Egypt India Turkey China Egypt Date Aug. 22 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Time 12:00 17:00 12:00 17:00 12:00 17:00 12:00 17:00 17:00 19:30 Iran Japan Estonia Argentina Japan Mexico Argentina Iran Mexico Estonia Pool B Teams vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. Estonia Mexico Japan Iran Argentina Estonia Mexico Japan Iran Argentina Ataturk Sports Hall Izmir, Turkey Pool C Date Aug. 22 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Pool D Teams Date Rwanda Canada Tunisia United States Serbia Rwanda Canada Tunisia United States Serbia Aug. 22 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Time 14:30 19:30 14:30 19:30 17:00 19:30 14:30 19:30 17:00 19:30 Brazil France Italy Russia France Venezuela Russia Brazil Venezuela Italy Teams vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. Italy Venezuela France Brazil Russia Italy Venezuela France Brazil Russia Time 12:00 17:00 12:00 17:00 12:00 14:30 12:00 17:00 12:00 14:30 United States Tunisia Rwanda Serbia Tunisia Canada Serbia United States Canada Rwanda vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. 8 Playoff Schedule (info courtesy of FIVB) Round Robin 17th-20th (Aug. 29-31) The fifth ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th 20th. Round of 16 and Quarterfinals (Aug. 28 & 30) The eight finals round consists of a total of eight matches to determine the classification brackets for 1 -8 (winners) and 9-16 (losers). The quarterfinals round consists of four matches to determine the classifications 1-4 (winners) and 5-8 (losers). Semifinals and Playoffs (Aug. 30-31) The semifinals and playoffs rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16. Finals and Playoffs (Sept. 1) The finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: the winners of the semifinals will play the final, 1st-2nd position. The losers of the semifinals will play for the 3rd and 4th rank position. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 5th-6th position and the losers of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 7th-8th position. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 9th-10th position and the losers of the playoff 912 will play for the 11th-12th position. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 13th-14th position and the losers of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 15th-16th position. Copyrighted by USAV/Darci Miller Copyrighted by USAV/Darci Miller 9 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Preview The U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team (MJNT) will field a veteran roster as it competes Aug. 22-Sept. 1 at the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey. Eight players return from the 2012 MJNT that won the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs to qualify for the World Championship. These players include setters James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) and Matt West (Seattle, Wash.), opposite Ben Patch (Provo, Utah), middle blockers Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) and Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.), outside hitters Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and libero Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Middle blocker Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) and outside hitters Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.), Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) and Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) are the newcomers to the MJNT and round out the roster. “I think the new guys bring that enthusiasm,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said. “They’re excited all the time. They’re always on that high alert, where the guys that are been there done that are a little more mellow about it. That’s a nice mix.” Hanson, the head coach of Ohio State’s men’s volleyball program, assumes the helm of the squad for the second year in a row. Jay Hossack (assistant coach at Penn State University) and Sean Byron (assistant coach at Ohio State) will serve as U.S. assistant coaches during the tournament. “It’s nice to have that second year where you’ve built some relationships and can take them to a little further level,” Hanson said. “It’s a good group of 10 Copyrighted by USAV/Darci Miller Ben Patch (blue) goes for the attack as Michael Henchy (gray) and Taylor Gregory (white) prepare to block while the MJNT scrimmaged at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs guys, it really is. You ask them to do something and they’re right on task.” The team trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Aug. 11-16 before heading to Turkey. Matt West, the team captain, called it a family reunion. “The new guys aren’t so new,” he said. “Even though they’re new to the team, we’ve been friends for quite a bit of time prior to this. We’re like a family because we’ve been playing together since we were 14. We’ve been going to high performance championships together, NORCECAs, Worlds, so we’re like brothers, basically.” Aaron Russell, who is new to the MJNT, said he enjoyed having teammates with previous experience. 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Preview “They’ve been the ones giving a lot, helping out with people, instructing people on passing and stuff like that,” Russell said. In addition to camaraderie, Hanson believes that this year’s team has more depth at outside hitter and middle blocker than last year. “I think those two positions have increased significantly in terms of the quality of the guys that are playing, their experiences and just their abilities,” Hanson said. “Not that the guys that we had last year weren’t of that caliber, but we’ve added a couple of people, and just the maturity of some guys. They’re a year older and they’re playing at a higher level, so those positions are definitely upgrades for us.” All athletes on the MJNT were born in 1993 or later. The 12 players represent eight USA Volleyball regions, including five from Southern California, two from Northern California and one apiece from the Great Lakes, Badger, Intermountain, Chesapeake and Puget Sound regions. This is the first time that Turkey has hosted the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, which is held every two years. At the previous FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in 2011, the MJNT secured its best finish ever at fourth place. In past years, the U.S. has finished seventh three times and eighth twice. Copyrighted by USAV/Darci Miller The MJNT gathers around Assistant Coach Jay Hosack (white, far left) during a scrimmage at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 11 #1 Brennan Anderson Ohio State/Balboa Bay, OCVC Libero | 6-2 | 165 lbs | Newport Beach, Calif. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected for the Men's Junior National Team as an alternate. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2011—High School State and National Champion with Corona del Mar High School…All-county, all-league and allregion selection. 2010—Selected for the Corona del Mar High School Coaches Award. 2005—Began playing club for Balboa Bay. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Brennan plays for Ohio State University… Started all 27 matches at libero ... MIVA Defensive Player of the Year… MIVA All-Conference First Team… 2-time MIVA Defensive Player of the Week... 16 double-digit dig performances… Chalked up 290 digs for a 3.12 average to lead all of NCAA Div. I-II. PERSONAL Born: Brennan Anderson on July 30, 1993. Family: Parents Rodney and Lori, brothers Andrew (1980), Adam (1981) and Joseph (1990). Hobbies/Interests: Surfing, beach volleyball, cars, coffee. Admires: His father because, “he is the hardest working man I know.” College Major: Business marketing FAVORITES Food: Quiznos, Cinnamon Life Book: Anything by Clive Cussler Movie: James Bond series Actor: Rob Corddry Music/Musician: Anything/Incubus Professional Team: Anaheim Ducks Athlete: Drew Brees 12 #2 Taylor Gregory Long Beach State/Legacy VBC Middle Blocker | 6-7 | 230 lbs | Santa Clarita, Calif. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected for the Men's Junior National Team. 2011 – Attended the U.S. Boys Youth National Training Team (BYNTT) camp tryout and was an alternate for the BYNT. 2010 – Was an alternate for the BYNT… Was a member of the Boys' Youth A2 High Performance bronze medalist team. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Played three years of club for Legacy VBC ... Named to the 2011Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50" list… Threetime All-League high school selection… Three-time high school league block leader at William S. Hart High School… Began playing club for Legacy VBC in 2007. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Taylor plays at Long Beach State… Saw action in 106 sets as a redshirt freshman... Led the team with 156 total blocks and tallied 130 kills… Selected for All-MPSF Honorable Mention, All-MPSF Freshman team, Finalist for Off the Block Blocker of the Year.2012 – Redshirted at Long Beach State. PERSONAL Born: Taylor Jonathan Gregory on June 2, 1993. Family: Parents Rodney and Lori, brothers Andrew (1980), Adam (1981) and Joseph (1990). Hobbies/Interests: Relaxing. Admires: His parents because, “I would be nowhere with their sacrifices and amazing love and support.” College Major: Kinesiology, Sport Psychology FAVORITES Food: Mexican Book: Quiet Strength Movie: Django Unchained Actor: Denzel Washington Music/Musician: Anything/Incubus Professional Team: Oklahoma City Thunder Athlete: Peyton Manning Moment in life: Can’t choose because he has, “been blessed with many happy moments.” 13 #4 Tony Ensbury Princeton University/SCVC Libero | 6-0 | 170 lbs | Manhattan Beach, Calif. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified for the 2013 FIVB World Championship.2011/2010 – Selected for the A2 High Performance Camp. 2011– Won second place at the A2 High Performance Tournament and was named Best Defensive Player. 2010 – Placed first at the A2 High Performance Tournament. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Tony helped lead his club team to two bronze medal finishes at USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in 2009 and 2010… Was an AAU 14U Beach National Champion… In Mira Costa High School, Tony was named Bay League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011… Played on two Varsity Bay League Championship teams in 2010 and 2011… Won bronze medals at the Junior National Championships in 2010 and 2009… Began playing club for SCVC in 2004. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Saw action in 84 sets for Princeton University… Led the team in digs with 173 and finished third on the team with 27 assists. 2012 – Served as the starting libero his freshman season… Played in 91 sets…. First on the team in digs with 193, averaging 2.12 digs per set… Third on the team with 33 assists. PERSONAL Born: Anthony Richard Ensbury on Feb. 11, 1993. Family: Parents Martin and Linda, brothers Martin (1990) and Nick (1993). Nick is Tony’s twin and the two played volleyball together their whole lives until college (Nick plays club for University of Washington). Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with friends, going to the beach, playing FIFA. Admires: His father because he, “has shown me how to balance being an amazing father and a successful businessman. He is always supportive of everything I do, and always has time to help me with anything I need.” College Major: History FAVORITES Food: Quesadillas Book: Water for Elephants Movie: Kingdom of Heaven Music/Musician: Electronica/Deadmau5 Professional Team: Los Angeles Lakers Athlete: Kobe Bryant Moment in life: Committing to play volleyball at Princeton University. 14 #5 Driss Guessous USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected for the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified for the 2013 FIVB World Championship CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Silver medal finish in the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Tournament… Was listed an “Other Notable” athlete on ESPNHS’s Ten Standouts at Best of the West... Named to Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50" in 2012… Began playing club for San Gabriel VBC in 2008… Attended Loyola High School. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013—Redshirted his first season at Ohio State University. Ohio State University/Manhattan Beach Surf Middle Blocker | 6-8 | 215 lbs | Pasadena, Calif. PERSONAL Born: Driss Pierce Guessous in 1993. Family: Parents Amal and Loring, sister Kenza (1991). Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, hanging out with friends. FAVORITES Food: Sushi Book: Elegant Universe Movie: Gladiator Music/Musician: Techno, hip-hop/Jurassic 5 Professional Team: Miami Heat Athlete: LeBron James 15 #6 Michael Henchy Ohio State University/Spectrum VBC Outside Hitter | 6-7 | 225 lbs | Ventura, Calif. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified for the 2013 FIVB World Championship. 2010 – Selected for the USA Holiday camp… Played in the summer tournament and won a gold medal. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Won a gold medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship 18U Club Division in 2011 and named Tournament MVP… Attended the High Performance A2 Camp in 2011 and received Tournament MVP… Won a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship 17U Club Division in 2010… Began playing club for Spectrum VBC in 2008… Attended Ventura High School. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Started in 25 matches for the Ohio Stat3e Buckeyes at outside hitter, playing in 26... 301 kills for a 3.34 average... .352 attack percentage... three double-doubles (kills/digs) on the season... double-digit kills in 15 matches this season... MIVA All-Conference First Team... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete... Preseason All-MIVA selection... Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team. 2012 – Played in 21 matches... season-high 15 kills against Lewis in the MIVA Tournament title match (4/28)... 101 kills on the season for a 1.66 average... had 14 digs vs. IPFW (4/13)... averaged 1.16 digs per set... four double-digit kill matches... MIVA All-Tournament Team... Ohio State ScholarAthlete... MIVA Academic All-Conference. PERSONAL Born: Michael Joseph Henchy on March 28, 1993. Family: Parents RJ and Wendy, sister Katy (1996). Hobbies/Interests: Outdoor sports and activities, watching people. Admires: His dad because he has inspired Michael to believe anything is possible. FAVORITES Food: Tri Tip Book: Superfreakanomics Movie: The Departed Music/Musician: Led Zeppelin Professional Team: New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Dodgers, Indianapolis Colts Athlete: Reid Priddy Moment in life: Christmas mornings when his whole family is together enjoying each other’s company and exchanging gifts. 16 #8 Nick Olson USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Training Team that earned first place at the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship. 2011 – Selected as member of the Boys’ Youth National Training Team and was chosen as an alternate… Attended the Boys’ Youth National Holiday Camp…Competed in the Youth A2 Tournament and earned first place and selected to the All-Tournament team. 2010 – Member of the Boys’ Youth National Training Team… Attended the 2010 Boys’ Youth A2 Camp and the Holiday Boys’ Camp. 2009 – Attended the Boys' Select A1 Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Attended the Youth National Holiday Camp. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2012—Named to Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50." 2011 – USA Volleyball High Performance Boys’ Youth A2 Gold Medalist and All-Tournament selection… Nick placed first at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship in the Open Division and was named to the All-Tournament Team… While playing for New Berlin Eisenhower High School, was named to Wisconsin Boys’ Volleyball First Team All-State. 2009—Won the 2009 Wisconsin Boys’ Volleyball State Championship. 2004—Began playing club for West Allis Lightning. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Nick plays at Loyola University Chicago… Saw action in 96 sets as a freshman… Chalked up 145 kills, 95 total blocks and added 20 digs. Loyola Chicago/West Allis Lightning Middle Blocker | 6-10 | 205 lbs | New Berlin, Wis. PERSONAL Born: Nicholas David Olson on December 21, 1993. Family: Parents David and Virginia, sisters Jaclyn (1990) and Natalie (1995). Hobbies/Interests: Watching/playing sports, listening to music, tennis, video games, hanging out with friends. Admires: His father because he was Nick’s first volleyball coach and always pushed him to do his best. College Major: Psychology FAVORITES Food: Chili, hot boneless wings Book: The Talent Code Movie: Zoolander Actor: Will Ferrell Music/Musician: Alternative/Red Hot Chili Peppers Professional Team: Green Bay Packers Athlete: Aaron Rodgers Moment in life: Winning the MIVA Conference tournament and earning a spot in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four. 17 #9 Ben Patch USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the Men's Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified for the 2013 FIVB World Championship.2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – Named the MVP of the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship... Was the U.S. team's leading scorer and eighth among all players with 55 points on 47 kills, seven blocks and one ace... Was sixth among all hitters with a kill percent of 48.5. 2011 – Played on the Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the U-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze). Ben was the 10th-best server in the tournament with four aces and a .24 average per set… traveled to Argentina to play in the Youth World Championships. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Named the 2010 State of Utah MVP… Member of the Provo High School team that won the State Championship…. Placed third in the Open Division at the Junior National Championships… Began playing club in 2008 with Utah Elite. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Helped BYU to the finals of the NCAA tournament... AVCA Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-American… MPSF Freshman of the Year… All-MPSF First Team and AllMPSF Freshman Team… MPSF Player of the Week (2/25, 3/4)…AVCA Player of the Week (2/25, 3/4)… First player to ever earn back-to-back AVCA Player of the Week accolades… Started every match as a true freshman… Chalked up 418 kills to finish sec18 Brigham Young/Mountain View Volleyball Club Opposite | 6-8 | 195 lbs | Lindon, Utah ond on the team, tallied 101 total blocks and added 126 digs. PERSONAL Born: Benjamin Patch on June 21, 1994. Family: Parents Mike and Linda, brother Isaac (1998). Hobbies/Interests: Beach volleyball, napping, throwing, ceramics. Admires: His mom because, “she taught me to work hard and always supported anything I have ever done. She has had my back my entire life and continues to be my biggest advocate to this day.” College Major: Business FAVORITES Food: Seafood, sushi Book: To Kill A Mockingbird Movie: Baby Mama Actor: Amy Poehler Music/Musician: Imagine Dragons Professional Team: Miami Heat Athlete: Michael Jordan Moment in Life: Making the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team, and winning his first game at BYU. #10 Greg Petty USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team as an alternate. 2012 – Selected to the U.S. Men's Junior National Team (MJNT) that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified for the 2013 FIVB World Championship… Best server in the MJNT NORCECA championship. 2011– Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – Selected to the Youth A2 team. 2008/09- Selected for the A1 High Performance Camp. 2009 – Youth Holiday Camp…Selected to Youth A1. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – Named Best Server at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship... Finished with eight aces and 14 faults on 44 attempts, averaging .5 aces per set. 2011– Played on the Boys’ Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze). CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2011—Named an All-American… Named All-Conference and All-Area at Downers Grove North High School… Named Player of the Year by the Chicago Sun Times… Selected as a AVCA High School All-American... An AllConference selection 2009-2011. 2008—Began playing club for Sports Performance. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Plays at Lewis University… Saw action in 53 sets and chalked up 57 kills, 28 blocks and 8 aces. 2012 – Saw action in 112 sets his freshman year…tallied 201 kills and 47 blocks… Recipient of Lewis' Delahanty Award for academic excellence among student athletes and a member of the MIVA Academic All-Conference team. Lewis University/Sports Performance Outside Hitter | 6-5 | 203 lbs | Downers Grove, Ill. PERSONAL Born: Gregory Charles Petty on June 5, 1993. Family: Parents Howard III and Cheryl, brother Howard IV “Jay” (1990). Jay also plays volleyball for Lewis University. Hobbies/Interests: Playing sports, lifting, relaxing, video gaming. Admires: His brother because he has always been the person Greg has looked up to. College Major: Physics, Aeronautical Engineering FAVORITES Food: Seafood Book: Eragon series Movie: Inception, Lord of the Rings Music/Musician: Eminem, Killswitch Engage Professional Team: Green Bay Packers Athlete: Jackie Robinson Moment in Life: Winning the MIVA Conference tournament playing right next to his brother. 19 #12 Aaron Russell USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013—Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Training Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – Took first place at the High Performance Select A2 tournament in the gold bracket...Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2009 – High Performance Holiday Camp in San Diego. 2008 – First in the silver bracket with High Performance Select A1 at the High Performance Championship in Tucson, Ariz. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2011 – Competed on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that won a bronze medal at the Under-19 Pan American Cup… Scored 45 points for a team best and fifth-best overall at the tournament... Aaron was the second-best server of the tournament and 10th-best blocker. 2010 – Named Best Blocker on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico… Named tournament MVP at the 2010 High Performance Championships. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Was the CHRVA Regional Champion in 2008 and 2009… First place at the Rochester Can-Am. in 2009… First place East Coast Championship… Began playing club in 2008… Attended Centennial High School. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS During his freshman season, Aaron saw action in 98 sets and tallied 203 kills on 357 attempts for a .423 hitting percentage… Added 16 solo blocks and 76 block assists averaging .94 blocks per set... Named an NCAA Men's Volleyball Second Team All-American. 20 Penn State/Maryland Volleyball Program Middle Blocker | 6-9 | 225 lbs | Ellicott City, Md. PERSONAL Born: Aaron Joseph Russell in 1993. Family: Parents Stewart and Marian, brothers Peter (1992), Samuel (1995), Tim (1999) and Paul (2002). Hobbies/Interests: Going to the beach, playing basketball, watching football. Admires: Tim Tebow. FAVORITES Food: Maryland blue crab Movie: The Dark Knight Actor: Will Ferrell Music/Musician: Hip-hop/Kid Cudi Professional Team: Baltimore Ravens Athlete: Tim Tebow Moment in life: When his club soccer team won nationals. #14 James Shaw USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Training Team that won the NORCECA Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo. to qualify for the 2013 FIVB World Championship. 2011 – Selected to the Boys' Youth National Team. 2010 – Member of U.S. Boys’ Youth A2 White Team that took third place at the High Performance Championship… Made the High Performance A1 Camp. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2011– Competed in the NORCECA Championships (gold). 2011 – Played on the Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (bronze). CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2013—Named to All-MPSF Freshman Team… Named All-MPSF Honorable Mention. 2012—Named San Jose Mercury News Boys Volleyball Player of the year… Member of MVVC that placed third at the Junior National Championships… Selected for the All-Tournament Team at the Junior National Championships… Named to Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50.” 2012/11—Named First Team All-WCAL… Named First Team All-CCS. 2011—Selected to the AllTournament Team at the Junior National Championships… Played in the 17U Boys’ Classic in Anaheim, Calif. (second place)… Boys’ Far Western Championships (first place)… Named Mercury News CCS Sophomore of the Year as well as Junior of the Year playing for Saint Francis High School… NCVA Beach Santa Cruz Tournament (first place)… CBVA Santa Cruz Tournament (second place). 2006—Began playing club for Bay to Bay Volleyball Club. Stanford/Mountain View Volleyball Club Setter/Opposite | 6-8 | 215 lbs | Woodside, Calif. PERSONAL Born: James Walker Shaw on March 5, 1994. Family: Parents Donald and Carolyn, sister Jordan (1992). Father was a head coach of men’s and women’s volleyball at Stanford University for a total of 27 years. Jordan played volleyball at St. Mary’s College. Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, playing basketball, table tennis, listening to and creating music, playing video games, traveling, fishing, watching sports. Admires: His parents because, “they have sacrificed so much in their lives for me to have everything I wanted or needed.” College Major: Undecided FAVORITES Food: Homemade smoothies Book: The Great Gatsby Movie: Anchorman Actor: Will Ferrell Music/Musician: Kanye West Professional Team: Los Angeles Dodgers Athlete: Kevin Hansen, Kawika Shoji, Kobe Bryant Moment in life: When he made the 2011 Boys’ Youth National Team and the 2012 Men’s Junior National Team. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – James plays at Stanford University... Saw action in 98 sets as a freshman... Led the team with 1,027 assists... added 160 digs, 65 kills, and 49 blocks. Named to the 2013 AllMPSF Freshman Team… Named 2013 All-MPSF Honorable Mention. 21 #15 Kyle Russell UC Irvine/SCVC Black 18-1 Outside Hitter | 6-9 | 205 lbs | Loomis, Calif. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Men's Youth National Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team. 2010 – Selected as an alternate to the Boys’ Youth National Team… Attended USAV A2 Camp (Blue Team) in Wisconsin Dells. 2009 – Captain of the Boys’ Select A1 National Camp (Gold Team) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2010-11—AVCA First-Team Boy's High School Senior All-American playing for Del Oro High School… 2011 Co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League as well as a three-time first team honoree… awarded Varsity team Player of the Year… 2011 All-Metro Boys Player of the Year and All-City Team… selected to 2011 Sacramento Optimist All-Star team… named to Volleyball Magazine 2011 Fab 50 and second team All-American… named 2011 High School Boy Athlete of the Year… had career-highs of kills versus Rocklin and blocks against Granite Bay…named to Volleyball Magazine's 2010 Top 25 Underclassmen… Named team co-MVP in 2010… All-Tournament team selection at Bellarmine Invitational and Chico Tournament as well as MVP of the Del Oro Invitational… also played varsity basketball where he earned two-time second team all-league honors… member of the Del Oro basketball team that played in the 2008 DIII League Championships held at Arco Arena. While playing club for NCVC from 2009-2011, Russell helped his team earn 3 top-30 finishes in the Open Division at Junior Nationals. 2007—Began playing club for NCVC 15-1 Black. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS Russell plays for UC Irvine… he helped the team earn two consecutive NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Champion titles (2013, 22 2012). 2013 – He was named Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week… named ESPN Zone Anaheim Anteater of the Week. PERSONAL Born: Kyle Elton Russell on August 25, 1993. Family: Parents Craig Russell, Lisa Russell-Artale and Christopher Artale, sisters Jamie Russell (1991), Meghann Artale (1989) and Kate Artale Whitney (1991). Jamie is the middle hitter at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (2009-2011). Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music, playing and watching sports, surfing, hanging out with friends. Admires: His parents for, “always being there for me and supporting me in everything I do,” and his sister Jamie for, “being a great friend, mentor and the reason I started playing volleyball.” College Major: Sociology FAVORITES Food: BBQ Movie: The Sandlot Actor: Mila Kunis Music/Musician: Country Professional Team: San Francisco Giants Athlete: Kevin Durant Moment in Life: Winning back-to-back NCAA National Championships. #16 Tom Jaeschke USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected for the Men’s Junior National Team. 2012 – Member of U.S. Boys’ Youth A2 Team. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Named 2012 Chicago Area Player of the Year and Chicago SunTimes Player of the Year after leading Wheaton Warrenville South High School to the 2012 national championship, wrapping up an undefeated season (42-0)…Named state championship MVP… threeyear varsity player, selected team captain his senior year… Named to Volleyball Magazine’s “Fab 50” seniors for the 2012 class… Played for Sports Performance B18 Mizuno club team… 2012 Junior Nationals All-Tournament Team selection… Selected as Best Attacker at Palos Points Series… Began playing club during his sophomore year of high school for Sports Performance 16 Runbird. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Tom plays for Loyola University-Chicago… Saw action in 108 sets and finished the season with the second highest in kills (344) and aces (22) and digs (162) on the team…. Was a key member of Loyola’s team in spring 2013 that won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) tournament for the first time in school history. Loyola Chicago/Sports Performance 18 Mizuno Outside Hitter | 6-6 | 185 lbs | Wheaton, Ill. PERSONAL Born: Thomas John Jaeschke on Sept. 4, 1993. Family: Parents John and Danielle, brother Joseph (1990), twin sister Jamie (1993). Hobbies/Interests: Playing golf, relaxing with friends. Admires: His father because of his great work ethic. College Major: Finance FAVORITES Food: Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza Book: Devil in the White City Movie: Law Abiding Citizen Music/Musician: The Beatles Athlete: Kobe Bryant Moment in life: When his high school team capped an undefeated season by winning the state championship, and when ESPN recognized them as the number one ranked team in the nation. 23 #17 Matt West USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2012/13 – Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011 – Member of the Boys' Youth National Team... Selected as an alternate to the Men’s Junior National Training Team.2010 – Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship. 2009 – High Performance Holiday Camp in San Diego… Team captain of the Select A1 Red Team at the HP Championship. 2008 – Youth Holiday Camp… Competed with Select A1 Red Team at the High Performance Championship. 2007 – Named Most Promising Athlete at the High Performance Development Camp. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – Helped the U.S. Men's Junior Team win the NORCECA Continental Championship and qualify for the 2013 FIVB World Championship. 2011 – Played on the Boy’s Youth National Team that competed in the U19 Pan American Cup (bronze)… Named best setter on the team and second-best setter in the tournament with 57 assists. 2010 – Played on the Boy’s Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Championship. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Was named the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Most Valuable Player for Space Needle VBF... Named the 2010 Most Valuable Player of the Emerald City Classic , selected to the All-Tournament Team… Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” selection… Earned MVP at the Emerald City Classic in 2009… Named 2009 Alki King of the Beach… Space Needle VBF Coaches Award and MVP in 2008… Space Needle VBF Most Inspiration Player in 2006… Began playing club for Space Needle VBF when he was eight… Attended Shorewood High School. 24 Pepperdine/Space Needle VBF Setter | 6-6 | 185 lbs | Seattle, Wash. PERSONAL Born: Matthew Alvaro West on Oct. 1, 1993. Family: Parents Mark and Raquel. Mother played for the Peruvian National Volleyball Team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, among many other international tournaments, and in 1995 was recognized by the Peruvian Sports Foundation as one of the best sportswomen in Peru. Father played volleyball at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Ill. Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with friends, eating, enjoying life. Admires: Adrian Peterson because he, “tore his ACL, rehabbed properly and took exceptional care of himself, both physically and mentally. That intense care inevitably led him to be 7 yards away from breaking the all-time (rushing) yards season record.” College Major: Sports administration, marketing FAVORITES Food: Rib-eye steak Book: How Good Do You Want to Be? Movie: The Imposter Music/Musician: Jim Croce Actor: Denzel Washington Professional Team: Sacramento Kings Athlete: Kevin Durant COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS Matt plays for Pepperdine University, and saw action in 118 sets his freshman season….Chalked up 1,343 assists with an average of 11.38 assists per set….Added 76 block assists for an average of .69 blocks per set…Also tallied 166 digs with an average of 1.41 digs per set. #18 D.J. White USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2012/13 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – A1 Camp. 2009 – High Performance Holiday Camp… A1 Select Team at the High Performance Championship. 2009 – High Performance Holiday Camp… A1 Select Team at the High Performance Championship. 2008 – A1 Select Team… Holiday Camp. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – Played on the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship and qualified for the 2013 FIVB Junior World Championship. 2011 – Played on the Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the U19 Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2010 – Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS 2011—Named a Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American… First Team All-CIF… Daily Breeze Player of the Year… Bay League MVP…Named First Team EIVA AllConference… Also listed to the All-Tournament Team for the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. 2010—Named Second Team All-CIF… Named to Volleyball Magazine’s “Top 25.” 2009—AllTournament at USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship in the 16U Open Division… Varsity volleyball as a sophomore at Mira Costa High School… All-Area Boys’ Volleyball (Daily Breeze)… First Team All-Bay League… Mira Costa Rookie of the Year… Mira Costa Scholar Athlete in 2008 and 2009. 2008—Silver medal with MB Surf 15U in the Open Division at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship. 2004—Began playing club for Manhattan Beach Surf Club. 25 Harvard University/Manhattan Beach Surf Outside Hitter | 6-5 | 180 lbs | Hermosa Beach, Calif. PERSONAL Born: Douglas Jordan (D.J.) White in 1993. Family: Parents Douglas and Cathy, brother Casey (1994). Parents both have CBVA beach ratings. Admires: His uncle Lance FAVORITES Food: Steak Book: The Prince of Tides Movie: Anchorman Actor: Mark Wahlberg Music/Musician: Pepper Professional Team: Los Angeles Lakers Athlete: Sergio Moment in life: At Christmas when he gets to hang out with his entire family. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – D.J. plays for Harvard... Saw action in 75 sets... Chalked up 239 kills and led the team with a .314 attack percentage… Tallied 103 digs, 30 total blocks and nine aces. 2012 – Started all 24 matches … Named to the All-EIVA first team… Was third on the team in hitting percentage with a .318 mark… Recorded 10 doubledigit kill efforts… Finished the year with 248 kills, 135 digs per set mark and averaged 3.06 points per set in 90 sets played. #20 Bobby Walsh Lewis University/Ultimate VBC Middle Blocker | 6-8 | 230 lbs | Chicago, Ill. USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Selected for the Men's Junior National Team as an alternate. 2012 – Selected for the USA Men’s 2012 Junior A2 Program. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Named AllChicago Catholic League each of his first three seasons at Mount Carmel High School... Played for Ultimate Volleyball Club and placed second at the Junior National Championships… Began playing club for Crusaders in 2005. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Bobby plays at Lewis University… Saw action in 110 sets as a freshman... Led the team with 133 total blocks and tallied 174 kills for a .466 attack percentage. PERSONAL Born: Robert Walsh on Feb. 2, 1994.. Family: Parents Matt and Michele, brother Matt (1996), sisters Megan (1996) and MaryCate (1998). College Major: Undecided FAVORITES Food: Deep dish pizza Book: Bleachers Movie: Anchorman Actor: Mark Wahlberg Music/Musician: Country/Bruce Springsteen Professional Team: Chicago Blackhawks Athlete: Michael Jordan 26 Head Coach Pete Hanson Ohio State University, Head Coach Pete Hanson resumes the helm of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team for the second consecutive year. He has spent the last 28 years as the head coach of Ohio State’s men’s volleyball program, posting a 562-297 record. During his time at Ohio State, Hanson has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year 11 times, earning two AVCA Coach of the Year and Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year honors. Hanson has guided Ohio State to 15 MIVA regular season championships and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. The program won its first ever national championship in 2011. That year, Hanson was named Coach of the Year by the MIVA, AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. OSU went 26-6 overall and won the MIVA regular season championship. Prior to assuming his position at Ohio State before the 1985 season, Hanson spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming’s women’s volleyball program beginning in 1980. He became head coach at Wyoming in 1982. Hanson is also no stranger to national recognition. In 1986, he was an assistant coach for the National Sports Festival, and the next summer he was the assistant coach at the Olympic Sports Festival for the North team that won the gold medal. He assisted with various elite training camps and teams in the following years. He assisted the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and was an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the World University Games in 2011. Taking the helm of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in 2012, he led the team to a fourth place finish. This is the highest the U.S. has ever placed at the U21 World Championships. Hanson began his collegiate volleyball career as a player at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, which he attended for two years. He helped his team win the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in 1976 and 1977. He was selected to the NJCAA All-America Team in 1976, and in ‘77 he played on the United States team that toured the country and played teams from Japan and China. He then transferred to Ball State University. Hanson played there for the 1978 and 1979 seasons, winning the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship in 1979 and finishing fourth in the NCAA Championships. He was named an AllMIVA selection as well as the MVP for Ball State in both seasons. Hanson graduated from Ball State in 1979 with a degree in natural resources and geology. He remained at Ball State for a year after graduation, serving as an assistant coach. 27 Assistant Coach Jay Hosack Penn State University, Assistant Coach Jay Hosack is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team and fourth season as an assistant coach for the Penn State men’s volleyball program. In the three seasons Hosack has been with the Nittany Lions, the team has gone 70-21. Last season, Penn State made its 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA National Semifinals and fell to Brigham Young University, the No. 1 seed. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Hosack is the director of the monthly volleyball clinics hosted by Penn State. Prior to joining the Penn State staff, Hosack served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program at UC Irvine in 2008-09. He assisted with recruiting, player development and performance, scouting reports and practice plans. From 2005-08, Hosack was the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Irvine Valley College. He helped lead the men’s team to Orange Empire Conference championships in 2005 and 2007 as well as back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, he earned Co-Coach of the Year honors and led the women’s program to a conference title. Hosack spent one season as assistant coach at Idaho State University, where he assisted with recruiting, practice schedules and training fundamentals. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Hosack returned to his alma mater to serve as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams from 2000-04. He earned UC Santa Cruz Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and 2004, led the men’s team to the national semifinals in 2004 and produced the program’s first All-American. Hosack has coached numerous club teams, serving as head coach of the Orange Coast Volleyball Club 18-1s, the Riptides Orange County Club and the Team Santa Cruz Club. He also served as the director for the IVC summer camps, Aldusal Coaching Clinics in El Salvador and the UC Santa Cruz HP Camps. Hosack is also no stranger to USA Volleyball. From 2006-08 he was an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping to guide the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as well as the 2008 World League Championship. In 2010, Hosack assisted the U.S. Women’s National Team. He served as an assistant coach at the 2011 Pan Am Games, where the team took the bronze. In 2012, he assumed the position of assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. Hosack attended UC Santa Cruz for his undergraduate education and played for the volleyball program from 1995-97. 28 Assistant Coach Sean Byron Ohio State University, Assistant Coach A familiar face in the USA Volleyball pipeline, Sean Byron returns to the assistant coach position with the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. Byron has spent six seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball team at Ohio State University. Prior to his tenure with the Buckeyes, he spent eight seasons as head coach of the men’s volleyball team at Rutgers University Newark, starting in 1999. Under his leadership, the Raiders made it to the semifinal round of the EIVA Championship tournament in seven of eight seasons. In 2002, Byron was named EIVA Coach of the Year after guiding the team to within a game of the Final Four. The squad finished with a 19-10 record and ranked 14th in the final NCAA Division I/II AVCA poll. While he was head coach of Rutgers’ men’s program, he was also leading the women’s program. This made him the only NCAA head coach to guide a Division I men’s program and a Division III women’s program simultaneously. In 2003, Byron was named NJAC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the team to an NJAC Championship and its first ever NCAA Championship Tournament berth. Byron spent the 1998 season in a similar coaching position at East Stroudsburg University. Before being hired at East Stroudsburg, Byron served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Springfield College, in 1995-96. He then assumed the position of head coach in 1997. In his two years as head coach, he led Springfield to 31 wins overall and the inaugural 1997 Molten Division III national championship. Byron made his first appearance as a USA Volleyball coach in 1998 and 1999, when he served as assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. In 2000 he served as head coach at the U.S. High Performance Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., and served as assistant coach in 2001. Byron coached the 2002 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team to a bronze medal in the World Championship qualifier. He worked with the World University Games staff in 2005, and in 2006 coached the Men’s Junior National Team that won a silver medal at the World Championship qualifier. Byron serves as a C.A.P. (Coaching Accreditation Program) teaching Cadre. He has served on the AVCA All American committee since 1998, chairing in it 2006-07. A graduate of Springfield College, Byron earned his Bachelor’s (1993) and Master’s (1999) degrees in Physical Education. As an undergraduate, Byron played on the volleyball team as an outside hitter and was named co-captain in his senior year. 29 Team Manager Tom Tait Team Doctor Julie Chuan Physician Technical Assistant Jake Schick Ohio State University, Team Manager 30 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team In Review U.S. Men’s Junior Volleyball Team Claims NORCECA Gold COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Volleyball Team claimed the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (U-21) gold medal after edging Canada, 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 21-25 on Saturday evening at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The United States has now won the tournament’s gold medal for the second straight time having defeated Canada in the last edition of the biennial tournament held in 2010. The Americans have now medaled in all eight editions of the tournament, including two silver medals and four bronze medals. The U.S. claimed three individual awards including Most Valuable Player earned by Ben Patch (Provo, Utah), Best Server earned by Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Best Setter earned by Micah Christenson (Honolulu). “This is a total honor,” Patch said. “I don’t think it’s about one valuable person for our team. No one person can excel without great setters and great passers. It was a team effort out there tonight.” Patch helped the United States defend its title of the biennial NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship with 19 points in the gold-medal match against Canada. He finished the tournament with 55 total points, including 47 kills, seven blocks and an ace. Patch ranked fifth in Best Spiker with a 48.45 kill percent on 97 attempts. U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Peter Hanson started all three sets with team captain Christenson at setter, Petty and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) at outside, and Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif.) and Olsen at middle blocker, Patch at opposite and Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) at libero. Patch led the U.S. with 19 points off of a tournament-high 18 kills and a service ace. Olsen posted 15 points off of 11 kills and four blocks, while Petty connected on 11 kills and a service ace for 12 points. Tarantino charted eight kills and a block for nine points and White delivered nine kills for nine points. Christenson posted four kills and two blocks for six points. Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.) subbed in all four matches and tallied a service ace for the U.S. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif) entered in the third and fourth sets and posted two service aces. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) subbed in the second set, while James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) saw playing time in the third and fourth sets. Team USA posted a 61-49 margin in kills and 5-1 ace advantage. The Americans converted 52.6 percent of its attacks for points with a .362 hitting effi31 Copyright USAV U.S. Men’s Junior National Team In Review ciency. Canada produced a 10-7 margin in blocks to go with a 44.1 kill percent and .261 hitting efficiency. Earlier in the evening Mexico defeated Puerto Rico in three sets to claim the bronze medal and the final spot to the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. “First off I want to say Canada played a great match today,” United States captain Micah Christenson said. “They forced us to play our best match of the tournament and forced us to pick up our game. Our entire staff, all the way down to Jake (Schick) doing stats, it was a whole group effort winning the tournament.” “First, on behalf of USA Volleyball, congratulations to Canada for a great match and tournaCourtesy of FIVB ment,” United States coach Peter Hanson said. “They came in to Colorado Springs early and Men’s Jr. Team Finishes Fourth at FIVB Worlds trained and scrimmaged us. That really helped our team prepare for the tournament, and I hope it COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 10, 2011) – The helped them as well. Our guys did a great job exeU.S. Men's Junior National Team lost to Serbia 25 15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 in the bronze-medal match cuting the game plan tonight. And last, I want to of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Champisay it has been a wonderful experience here at the onship Brazil 2011 held Wednesday at MaracanaziUnited States Olympic Training Center, and I apnho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. preciate them hosting the tournament here.” “USA was great today and Coach (Peter) Hanson and his staff did a great job preparing his team as always,” Canada head coach David Preston said. “Our guys did well today, and the players coming off the bench provided a lift. We came up a little short – not because of a lack of effort but more of what the USA did. Canadian volleyball made a big step forward today because of these 12 guys on the court. I want to thank the U.S. Olympic Train32 ing Center, its staff and USA Volleyball for the great hospitality throughout our stay here.” “I want to congratulate the United States for the win – they played great,” Canadian captain Milan Nikic said. “They stopped our middle attack and put us into bad spots.” Despite the loss, the Americans took their highest finish ever in the tournament by reaching the semifinal round and entering the bronze-medal match. In five previous entries, the team produced three seventh-place finishes and two eighth-place finishes. Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) led the U.S. Men’s Junior Team in scoring with 13 points via 10 kills on 25 attacks, two aces and a block. Josh Taylor (Honolulu) added 10 points on eight kills via 25 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team In Review swings and two aces. Brian Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored nine points on nine kills. Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) contributed six points on five kills and a block. Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) added five points on three kills, a block and an ace. Steven Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) scored four kills and Eric Mochalski (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed three kills. Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) scored two kills. U.S. team captain Taylor Crabb (Honolulu) and Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif.) added a kill each for Team USA. “Fourth place is the worst position you can have when you have lost the two most important matches, but I am sure many other teams would like to be in our place,” U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Head Coach John Hawks said. “I am happy for my players.” Crabb added that regardless of the outcome, the experience in itself was a good one. “We didn’t obtain our goal of earning a medal, but we played a good tournament,” Crabb said. “It was a great experience.” Men’s Junior Team Wins NORCECA Championship COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team won the NORCECA Men’s Junior (under-21) Continental Championship for the first time on Saturday, defeating Canada, 2514, 25-19, 25-16, in the gold medal match at the Centre-Sportif de Gatineau in Quebec. The United States finished the tournament with a 50 record and did not drop a set. Canada finished 41. Both teams qualified for the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championships in Brazil. The United States’ Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named the tournament's best spiker. Micah Christenson (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named best setter and Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) was named best receiver. Canada's Nicholas Hoag was named the tournament most valuable player. In the bronze medal match, Puerto Rico defeated Cuba, 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22). The United States has medaled in every NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship since the bi -annual event began in 1998, but has never won gold. Its best finishes were seconds in 2004 and 2006. Courtesy of NORCECA “This victory means absolutely everything to us,” said opposite Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif.), who led the U.S., with 14 points on nine kills (0.26 hitting percentage), one block and a match-high four aces. “There’s nothing more you can do than win a gold medal. We play as a team. There’s not one or two of us; there’s 12 of us. That’s the best system you can have.” Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) added 12 points on nine kills (0.32 hitting percentage), one block and two aces. Middle blocker Eric Mochalski (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed eight points on six kills (0.55 hitting percentage) and two blocks. 33 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team In Review The United States had seven team aces to Canada’s three. Team USA had 37 points on kills (0.37 hitting percentage) while Canada had 24 (0.07 hitting percentage). The teams were even in blocking, 4-4. The United States’ service reception included 24 excellents and two errors on 41 attempts. Canada’s had 28 excellents and seven errors on 67 attempts. . “I was proud of our effort this week and tonight,” U.S. Men’s Junior Head Coach John Hawks (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “They executed the game plan. They are smart players and just a really fun group of guys to coach.” Among other U.S. players, Crabb had five points on five kills (0.27 hitting percentage). Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii) added three points on two kills and one ace. Dylan Davis (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled three points on three kills. Christenson had two points on two setter dumps and Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) scored one point on one attack. Mottram was credited with 10 excellent service receptions and no faults on 14 attempts. Christenson was credited with 15 running sets and no faults on 51 attempts. Courtesy of FIVB Men’s Junior Team Finishes Eighth at Worlds COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 9, 2009) -The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team ended the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championships on a down note, losing to Iran 1-3 (25-22, 17-25, 12-25, 18-25) on Sunday at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India. The loss gives the U.S. a 2-6 final record, good for eighth place overall in the tournament. “Iran served very well and took us out of the match,” U.S. head coach Shawn Patchell said. “We just did not get into our offense. When we were able to run the middle, we did well.” Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led Team USA with 16 points on 16 kills. Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 13 points on 14 kills. Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) finished with nine points thanks to eight kills and one ace, while Rusty Lavaja (Charles, Ill.) chipped in eight points on five kills and three blocks. Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) had three points on one kill and two blocks. Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) added three points on two kills and one block. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) contributed one kill and one block for two points. Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added two points on two kills while Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) finished with one kill. 34 Courtesy of NORCECA FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship Past Results Year 1977 1981 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Colorado Springs, USA Milan, Italy Bahrain, Brunei Athens, Greece Cairo, Egypt Rosario, Argentina Johor Bahru, Malaysia Manama, Brunei Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand Wroclaw, Poland Tehran, Iran Vizakhapatnam, India Casablanca, Morocco Pune, India Rio de Janeiro and Campo Grande, Brazil 1st—Gold USSR USSR USSR Korea USSR Bulgaria Brazil Russia Poland Russia Brazil Poland Russia Brazil Brazil Russia 2nd—Silver China Brazil Italy Cuba Japan Italy Italy Brazil Brazil France Russia Brazil Brazil Russia Cuba Argentina 3rd—Bronze Brazil Korea Cuba USSR Brazil USSR Czechoslovakia Italy Russia Brazil Venezuela Bulgaria Cuba Iran Argentina Serbia The United States: 1977—Seventh place; 1981—Seventh place; 2005—Eighth place; 2007—Seventh place; 2009—Eighth place; 2011—Fourth place 35 Volleyball Glossary Ace - a served ball that directly results in a point. Bagel - winning a game 25-0. Block - an attempt by a player or players to interrupt the ball before, as or just after it crosses the net. Bump (Pass) - technique of playing the ball using forearms, hands together, to direct the ball. Bump (Set) - a forearm pass used as a set. Carry - a fault called if the ball comes to rest in the course of contact by one player. referee. Also known as the second official. Dump - when the setter, instead of setting the hitters, attacks the ball over the net. Facial Disgracial - a spike that hits the opposing blocker or floor defender in the face. Foot Fault - stepping on the court or out of bounds before serving the ball. Free Ball - a ball the opponent cannot attack and must yield by passing over the net. Chickenwing - a last-ditch way to dig a ball using your Husband and Wife - when a serve drops untouched between two receivers who fail to move. elbow and a bent arm. Court - the playing surface divided into two equal are- Joust - when two players on opposing sides attempt as by a net. In its official form, volleyball is played on to block the ball by vying to push it onto each other’s side of the net. a rectangular court 18 meters (59 feet 0.75 inches) long and 9 meters (29 feet 6.475 inches) wide; the Kill - an attack that results in an immediate point. women’s net placed at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.125 inch- Paint Brush - a wipe off shot by the spiker (painter) es) high and the men’s net at 2.44 meters (8 feet) on a blocker. high. Pancake - a one-handed floor defensive technique Coverage - most often, refers to backing up a teamwhere the hand is extended and slid along the floor, mate’s hit when the block is up and the ball comes palm down, and the ball rebounds off the back of the back. hand, rather than the floor. Cross Court/Cut Shot - an offensive hit when a player, Pass - the first of three contacts on the offensive side instead of hitting with power, slices the ball just over - overhead or forearm. and nearly parallel to the net. Perimeter Defense - back-row defenders work in the Dig - to pass a very hard hit spike; a ball brought up area a meter in from the backline and sidelines up to (saved) with any part of the body, particularly from a the three-meter line. spike attempt. Pipe - a ball set in the middle of the court, on the Dink - a very softly-hit spike; ball played just over the three-meter line, for a back-row player to hit. net or the blockers hands. Quick - the first of the three attack options. The Down-Referee - secondary referee. He/she stands on attacker contacts the ball immediately after it is rethe floor at the opposite end of the net as the upleased from the setter’s hands. 36 Volleyball Glossary Red card - a severe sanction given by the up-referee. Sizzle the Pits - a spike that goes under, and past, the Roof - to block a spike, usually straight down and for armpits of a big block. a point. Screening - an attempt by a player to conceal the start of a teammate’s serve by obstructing an opponent’s line of sight. Screening is illegal. Seams - the space between the blockers and between back-court defenders. Set - the act of getting the ball into the position for the hitters to attack the ball. Usually done overhead with two hands. Slide - a movement from an attacker’s serve receive position past another into a third; usually the ball is hit while “sliding out” towards the sideline. Spiked Ball - a ball hit forcibly from a height not less than the top of the net. Also known as a bury, crush, hammer, kill, put-away or slam. Stuff - a block in which the ball goes straight down to the floor with no hope of being picked up by an opposing player. Setter - the team quarterback. Attempts to “set” eve- Tool - when a ball is intentionally spiked off a blocker’s hands to make it go out of bounds. ry second contact for his/her hitters to attack. Touch - when the ball lands out of bounds, but not Serve - the act of putting the ball into play. before contacting one of the players. Shank - to pass the ball badly. Up-referee - the main referee. He/she stands upon a Six Pack - another term for getting a spiked ball in special chair. Also known as the first referee. the face on defense. A “Twelve Pack” actually knocks Yellow card - a first sanction given by the up-referee, down the defender. In the past the defender was then obligated to buy the spiker a six pack of his/her cost the sanctioned team a point. desired beverage (roots are found in doubles sand play). 37