U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Volleyball Team Press Kit
2012 NORCECA Menâ€™s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship Colorado Springs, Colo. August 27-September 1, 2012
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Table of Contents
2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster…………………………..………………………. 3 Media Resources…………………………………………………………………………………………… 4 Event Information…………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Teams By Group…………………………………………………………………………………………… 6 Group Play Schedule…………………….………………………………………………………………..
Playoff Schedule……………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Preview…………………………………………………. 9 Athlete Profiles…………………………………………………………………………………………… 11 Staff Profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team in Review…………………………………………………….. 26 Volleyball Glossary…………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 USA Volleyball Fact Sheet…………………………………………………………………………………. 31
2012 U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster No
Outrigger Canoe Club/Aloha
University of Southern California
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
MB Surf/Southern California
Signed at Ohio State
New Berlin, Wis.
West Allis Lightning/Badger
Signed at Loyola
Signed at BYU
Downers Grove, Ill.
Sports Performance/Great Lakes
Pleasant View, Tenn.
Mountain View/Northern California
Signed at Stanford
Van Nuys, Calif.
Santa Monica Beach Club/Southern California
SpaceNeedle VBF/Puget Sound
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Manhattan Beach Surf/Southern California
Head Coach: Pete Hanson Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack Assistant Coach: Jonah Carson Statistician: Jake Schick Team Manager: Collin Powers
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2012 NORCECA Menâ€™s Junior Continental Championship
Aug. 25-Sept. 2, 2012 (Competition Dates Aug. 27-Sept. 1)
Colorado Springs, Colo.
United States Olympic Training Center
Teams by Group Group A
Group Play Schedule Group A No.
2 4 6 8
27-Aug 27-Aug 28-Aug 28-Aug
13:00 17:30 13:00 17:30
Mexico United States Mexico United States
vs. vs. vs. vs.
St. Vincent Honduras Honduras St. Vincent
Group B No. 1 3 5 7 9 11
27-Aug 27-Aug 28-Aug 28-Aug 29-Aug 29-Aug
11:00 15:00 11:00 15:00 11:00 15:00
Teams Puerto Rico Canada Canada Puerto Rico Guatemala Canada
vs. vs. vs. vs. vs. vs.
Curaco Guatemala Curaco Guatemala Curaco Puerto Rico
2012 U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Team Group Play Schedule Aug. 27, 2012: United States vs. Honduras @17:30 Aug. 28, 2012: United States vs. St. Vincent @17:30 Aug. 29, 2012: United States vs. Mexico @17:30
Quarterfinals No. 13 14
Teams 2nd B 2nd A
3rd A 3rd B
Classification 5/8 No. 15 16
Teams 4th A 4th B
Loser of M14* Loser M13*
Semifinals No. 17 18
Matchup 1st B 1st A
Winner of M14* Winner of M13*
Final Classification 7/8 No. 19
Matchup Loser of M15
Loser of M16
Final Classification 5/6 No. 20
Matchup Winner of M15
Winner of M16
Finals No. 21 22
Matchup Loser of M17 Winner of M17
Loser of M18 Winner of M18
2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Preview The 2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team (MJNT), which will compete in the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship, held Aug. 25-Sept. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo., has a roster boasting a wide range of volleyball talent.
Micah Christenson (Honolulu) and Matt West (Seattle) will set for the MJNT. Both players bring high-level experience as Christenson played in the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championships and West was named as an alternate to the team.
An 18-player training team spent the three weeks prior to NORCECA (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The training team roster was selected through USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance tryouts held across the country, while the final six cuts were made during the training block.
“It all starts with the setters.” Hanson said. “Christenson and West bring experience and an understanding of what each hitter needs. I expect us to be offensive and these two will set the tone for that.” Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) will work to make sure the setters have crisp passes to work with. As the team’s libero, he brings energy and consistency to the roster.
Peter Hanson, head coach for the 2012 U.S. MJNT, selected his final 12 players at the conclusion of the training camp on Aug. 21 with help from assistant coaches Jay Hosack and Jonah Carson.
“Tony has done a great job day one of training camp.” Hanson said. “He is vocal, and really brings energy and personality to this team.”
“We have an exceptional group of 12 athletes and volleyball players.” Hanson said. “During the training block, this group of guys continually rose to the top.”
Hanson selected Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.), Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif.) and Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) as the team’s middle blockers.
The team draws from a pool of talented athletes nationwide, with representation from seven states and eight USA Volleyball Regions.
“They are all big.” Hanson said. “I expect us to not only score out of the middle, but block a lot of balls as well. They will bring both offense and defense, and give us options.”
The roster carries two setters, two liberos, two opposite hitters, two middle blockers and four outside hitters.
Tarantino and Olson bring experience to the position, both having trained with the 2011 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team. Tarantino competed in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship. Guessous, one of three 2012 high school graduates on the program, is a USA Volleyball pipeline.
Hanson and his staff carefully crafted the final roster to provide flexibility and options. “When we picked our final roster, we were looking for the ability to combine guys in different ways.” Hanson said. “They all bring something a little different. They make us flexible.”
The opposite hitters, Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) and James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.), also 2012 graduates, provide the coaching staff with a variety of options. 9
2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Preview “The neat thing about our opposites is that they give us flexibility and we can use them to manage games.” Hanson said. “Shaw is our shutdown blocker and Patch really found his serving rhythm. They both bring a strong side-out game. We have options utilizing those two.”
international experience to the squad, having competed on the 2011 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team at the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship. Henchy is a fairly new face to the USA Volleyball pipeline but will be a key contributor on the team. Going into the NORCECA event, Hanson and his coaching staff expect nothing short of a podium appearance.
Despite their youth, Patch and Shaw bring international experience to the position having competed at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship.
USA has medaled in all seven of the biennial events, including the gold at the most recent edition in 2010. The Americans gained the silver in 2004 and 2006, while earning the bronze in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2008. Cuba has won the tournament a record four times, but is not competing in this edition. Canada has won the event twice (1998 and 2002) and has the second most medals with five.
Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.), Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.), DJ White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) provide unique elements to the roster and will be key parts of the lineup. “White brings excellent passing and defense.” Hanson said. “He is very smart and efficient on the outside. Rhein and Petty can both get hot. They have the ability to get after it both at the net and on the end line (serving). Henchy brings size to the position and we can use him to control the net game.”
The top three teams at the NORCECA Championship will qualify for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship. “They are battling for a medal (at NORCECA).” Hanson said. “As well as a chance to go to the World Championship. We are excited about our final 12.”
White, Rhein and Petty all bring
Courtesy USAV Micah Christenson (Honolulu) sets to Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) during a training-block scrimmage against the 2012 U.S. Men’s Junior A2 Team. 10
Athlete Profile—No. 3 Micah Christenson Micah Christenson
Position: Setter Height: 6-6 Weight: 190 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011- Member of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team competing in the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil. 2010 – Competed in the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (Gold Medal) … and qualified for the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship…Named Best Setter of the tournament…Finished the tournament with 5.13 running sets per set. 2009- Team Captain for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that competed at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship (Silver Medal)…Finished with 67 running sets (4th among all setters)…Scored 11 points on four kills and seven blocks. 2009 – Member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that took 11th at FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship…Named to USA Volleyball’s 2009 Indoor Team of the Year…Youngest setter ever to play for the United States in a World Championship… Finished 13th among all setters with 88 running sets and eight faults on 419 attempts and an average of 2.93 running sets per set in 14 sets played...He also scored 14 points on six kills, five blocks and three aces.
hitting percentage…Added 12 service aces to the teams total of 124…Named AVCA and MPSF Freshman of the Year. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Outrigger club team earn second place at the 2010 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships in the 18 Open Division…Named to the 18 Open alltournament Team at the 2010 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships… Team finished first in SCVA Boys’ Qualifier in California in the 17U Division...... First Team all-State his sophomore year with his Kamehameha Kampala Campus High School team… Named Volleyball Magazine High School all-American First Team… Named all-conference for volleyball all four years…Named allConference for basketball three years… Gatorade Hawaii State Player of the Year for basketball his junior and senior year… Hawaii State Player of the Year for volleyball his senior year. PERSONAL: Born Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson on May 8, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii... Parents are Robert and Charlene Christenson... Has one sister, Joanna... Father played basketball at University of Hawaii-Hilo…Mother played volleyball at University of Hawaii-Hilo where she won three national championships and was named a two-time all-American... Won a state championship with his high school basketball team when he was a sophomore and reached the championship game again in 2010... Named the 2010 Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year ….Selected as Interscholastic League of Honolulu Co-Player of the Year (basketball)…Selected to the Honolulu Star Bulletin All-State Fab 15 Team (and Co-Player of the Year)...Made the 2009 Honolulu Advertiser all-State and Honolulu Star Bulletin all-State Fab 15 Teams… Favorite food is his mom’s fried rice... Favorite book is the Bible...Favorite sports team is the Dallas Mavericks and favorite athlete is Larry Bird... Most admired people are his parents for their wonderful example… Best moment in life is still to be determined.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2010/11- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team and competed in the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (Gold Medal) to qualify for the World Championship. 2009- Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2008– Member of the USA HP Select A1 Team that competed at the USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance Championships in Tuscon, Ariz. and was named team captain. 2005– Began playing club volleyball in 2005 with Asics Quiksilver. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Plays for the University of Southern California….Played in 102 sets during the 2012 season…Tallied 1,097 assists with an average of 10.89 assists per set…Ranked fourth in the nation in assists average…Led the Trojans to a .296 11
Athlete Profile—No. 4 Tony Ensbury Tony Ensbury
Position: Libero Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None.
PERSONAL: Born Anthony Richard Ensbury on February 11, 1993, in Torrence, Calif. …Parents are Martin and Linda Ensbury…Brothers are Nick and martin Ensbury…Brother Nick is Tony’s twin and the two boys both played volleyball together until college (Nick plays club for University of Washington)… Was a scholar-athlete all four years at Mira Costa High School… Lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation…Studying Economics at Princeton University… Favorite food is Spaghetti Carbonara…Favorite book is Water for Elephants and favorite movie is 3:10 to Yuma… Enjoys electronica music and the band Deadmau5… Favorite sports team as the L.A. Lakers and his favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant…Hobbies include hanging out with friends, going to the beach and playing FIFA...Most admired person in his life as his father, Martin, because “he is always supportive of everything I do and always has time to help me with anything I need.”… Favorite moment of life so far was when he committed to play volleyball at Princeton.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected the U..S. Men’s Junior National Training Team. 2011/2010- Was selected for the USAV HP A2 Camp. 2011– Took second place at the High Performance Championships with the A2 program and was named Best Defensive Player. 2010– Took first place at the High Performance Championships with the A2 program. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Plays for Princeton University in which he competed in 91 sets as a freshman in 2012...Led team in digs with 193, averaging 2.12 per set...Ranked third on the team in assists with 33. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Led 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…Named Bay League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 while with Mira Costa High School…Played on two Varsity Bay League Championship teams in 2010 and 2011.
Athlete Profile—No. 5 Driss Guessous Driss Guessous
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-8 Weight: 215 Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None.
medal at the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team.
PERSONAL: Born Driss Pierce Guessous on December 27, 1993, in Pasadena Calif. …Parents are Amal Guessous and Loring Guessous...Has one older sister, Kenza (1991)…Attended Loyola High school from 2008-2012...Favorite food is sushi…Listens to techno/ hip-hop music…Favorite music group is Jurassic 5...Favorite professional sports team is the Miami Heat and favorite athlete is Lebron James…Hobbies include volleyball and hanging out with friends… Favorite book is Elegant Universe, and his favorite movie is Gladiator.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: None. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Silver medal finish in the 2011 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships…Committed to play for Ohio State in 2012… Ohio State is coming off of a championship season… Was listed an “Other Notable” athlete on ESPNHS’s Ten Standouts at Best of the West….Started his volleyball career in 2008 playing for San Gabriel VBC…Last played for Manhattan Beach Surf…Led them to a silver
Athlete Profile—No. 6 Michael Henchy Michael Henchy
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-8 Weight: 225 Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None.
National Championships 17 Club Division.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012– Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2010– Attended the USAV HP Holiday Camp in December of 2010…Played in the summer tournament and won a gold medal at that event.
PERSONAL: Born Michael Henchy on March 8, 1993, in Ventura, Calif.… Son of RJ and Wendy Henchy…Has one younger sister Katy Henchy (1996) …Started his volleyball career in the spring of 2008 playing for Spectrum VBC…Enjoys playing hockey and football…Favorite food is Tri Tip…Favorite book is Superfreakanomics…Enjoys a wide variety of music… Favorite movie is The Departed….Favorite professional sports teams are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Indianapolis Colts…Favorite athlete is Reid Priddy…Fas never broken a bone during his 14 years playing a wide variety of sports…First set of stitches came this year while playing volleyball and trying to dive…Most admired people in his life are his parents and grandparent...Happiest moments in life so far have been on Christmas mornings when his whole family is together exchanging gifts and enjoying each other’s company.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes…Played in 61 sets during the 2012 season… Amassed 101 kills, 7 solo blocks and 33 block assists… Finished the year with 71 digs. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Won a gold medal at the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in the 18 Club Division where he was named most valuable player…Attended the USAV HP A2 Camp in 2011 and received Tournament MVP…Won a bronze medal at the 2010 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior
Athlete Profile—No. 8 Nick Olson Nick Olson
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-10 Weight: 195 Hometown: New Berlin, Wis.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None.
…Won the 2009 Wisconsin Boys’ Volleyball State Championship with New Berlin Eisenhower High School.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011 – Selected as member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team and was chosen as an alternate… Attended the USAV HP Boys’ Holiday Camp… Competed in the Youth A2 Tournament and earned first place. 2010- Member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team…Attended the 2010 USAV HP Youth A2 and Holiday Camps. 2009 - Attended the USAV HP Boys' Select A1 Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla....Attended the Youth National Holiday Camp.
PERSONAL: Born Nicholas David Olson on Dec 21, 1993, in West Allis, Wis … Parents are David and Virginia Olson…Has two sisters, Jaclyn (1990) and Natalie (1995)…Started his volleyball career in 2004 playing for West Allis Lightning…Favorite food is chili…Favorite book is The Talent Code… Favorite musical genre is alternative and favorite band is Red Hot Chili Peppers… Favorite movie is Zoolander and favorite actor is Will Ferrel… Lists the 2011 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers as his favorite team and their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player, as his favorite athlete… Hobbies include watching/ playing sports, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.... Most admired person is his father because he got Nick into volleyball... Favorite moment was when he won the 2010 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships Open Division with his West Allis Lightning 16s team.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: None. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Won gold medal with Youth A2 team at the USAV Indoor High Performance Championships...Placed first at the USAV Boys' Junior National Championships in the 17 Open Division and was named all-tournament...Wisconsin Boys' Volleyball High School All-State First Team
Athlete Profile—No. 9 Ben Patch Ben Patch
Position: Opposite Height: 6-8 Weight: 190 Hometown: Provo, Utah
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011- Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Volleyball Team that competed in the U-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico and took bronze...Ranked as the 10th-best server in the tournament with four aces and averaging .24 aces per set…Traveled to Argentina to play in the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship.
PERSONAL: Born Ben Patch on June 21, 1994, in Layton, Utah… Parents are Mike and Linda Patch… Has a younger brother named Isaac (1998)… Started his volleyball career in 2008 with his club team Utah Elite…Started his beach career two years later in 2010 and currently plays with Leo Durkin… Favorite food is In & Out Burger… Favorite book is the Hunger Games…Favorite movie is Miracle... Favorite team is the Utah Jazz and favorite athlete is Clay Stanley… Hobbies include playing beach volleyball, napping, and ceramics…Admires his parents because they have stood by him through his journey in competitive volleyball… Says that his happiest moments in life so far were when he made the 2010 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team, and when he signed with Brigham Young University to play volleyball.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011– Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: None. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Named State of Utah High School Most Valuable Player in 2010...Won a State Championship with Provo High School.
Athlete Profile—No. 10 Greg Petty Greg Petty
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-5 Weight: 195 Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011: Played on the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze)….Competed at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys' Youth World Championship in Argentina
PERSONAL: Born Gregory “Greg” Charles Petty on June 5, 1993, in Downers Grove, Ill. … Parents are Howard III and Cheryl Petty…Has one brother Howard IV “Jay” Petty (1990) who plays volleyball for Lewis University… Played beach for two years and his current partner is his brother…Favorite foods include Porthouse Steak and ice cream … Favorite book is the Eragon series… Lists the Hangover, Hitch, Miracle and 300 as his favorite movies... Favorite team is the Green Bay Packers and favorite athlete is Donald Driver…Favorite musical artists are Rise Against, Atreyu, Lil Wayne and Lostprophets … … Hobbies include hanging out with friends, working out and playing beach…Admires his brother, Jay, for getting him started in everything he has done… Happiest moment in life was when he received his first recruiting letter to play collegiate volleyball.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected for the U.S. Men’s Junior Nationals Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team. 2008/09– Participated at the USAV HP Camp with the A1 Team. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: None. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Named allconference and all-area at Downers Grove North High School in 2011… Named Chicago Sun Times Player of the Year…High school all-conference selection in 2009.
Athlete Profile—No. 11 Scott Rhein Scott Rhein
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-5 Weight: 185 Hometown: Pleasant View, Tenn.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011- Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze)…...Charted five aces at the U19 Pan Am Cup for second-best on the team and seventh overall in the tournament….Competed with the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team at the 2011 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship. 2010- Member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Named to Volleyball Magazine’s Boys’ Top 25 in 2010.... Placed 19th at 2009 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships …Took second place at Florida (Orlando) Regionals in the 18U Division in 2008… … Second place at Men’s Beach Tourney in Nashville Beach. PERSONAL: Born Scott William Rhein on June 12, 1993, in Finksburg, Md. … Parents are Frank Rhein, Jr. and Carol Green…Has a Stepfather, Rick Green… Has an older brother Stephen (1985) and two older sisters Katie (1988) and Amanda (1991)… Amanda plays volleyball for Lipscomb University… Scott’s stepfather Rick introduced the family to volleyball when Scott was nine… Started his volleyball career in 2006 with the Maryland Volleyball Program… Favorite food is Maryland steamed crabs… Favorite book is the Bible… Favorite musician is Matt Kearney… Favorite professional team is USA Men’s Volleyball Olympic Team… Favorite athlete is Todd Rogers… Hobbies include paintball, rock climbing, back packing and ping pong…Most admired person is Dave DeRocher for being his spiritual mentor… Happiest moment in life was when he found out that he would be competing with the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in Mexico.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012-Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team. 2011Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010– Earned a first-place finish at the USAV Boys’ High Performance Championships and was named Best Spiker…Attended the USAV HP Boys’ Holiday Camp. 2009 – Attended the USAV Boys’ HP Holiday Camp… Second place with USA Boys’ Select Team at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Plays for Pepperdine University where he saw action in 45 sets in 2012 with 70 kills, seven aces and 58 digs.
Athlete Profile—No. 14 James Shaw James Shaw
Position: Opposite Height: 6-8 Weight: 215 Hometown: Woodside, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011: Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze)...Competed on the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that competed at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship.
ment (second place)…named all-WCAL first team in 2011…named all-CSS first team in 2011. PERSONAL: Born James Walker Shaw on March 5, 1994, in Stanford, Calif….Parents are Don and Carolyn Shaw…Has one older sister, Jordan (1992)… Jordan plays volleyball at St. Mary’s College (Calif.)…Father Don is current club coach at Mountain View Volleyball Club…Started playing indoor volleyball in 2006 with Bay to Bay VBC… Started playing beach volleyball in 2010 and currently plays with partner Chet Radish… James’ favorite food is steak fried rice… Favorite book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin… Favorite musical artists are Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, and Chitty Bang… James enjoys golfing, fishing, and watching sports…his favorite movie is Anchorman and favorite actor is Will Ferrell… Favorite team is the Los Angeles Dogers and favorite athletes are Kevin Hansen, Kawika Shoji and Matt Kemp… Says that his most admired person is John Wooden… Happiest moment was when he signed his letter of intent to play for Stanford.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior Nationals Training Team. 2011 - Selected to the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team. 2010 – Member of U.S. Boys’ Youth A2 White Team that took third place at the USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance Championship…Made the HP A1 Camp. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: None. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 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” … NCVA Beach Santa Cruz Tournament (first place)… CBVA Santa Cruz Tourna-
Athlete Profile—No. 16 Matt Tarantino Matt Tarantino
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-8 Weight: 210 Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011– Competed with the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team that participated at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship. 2010 - Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
High School his freshman through senior years…Broke the Alemany High School record for single-season kills his senior year with 510…Mission League MVP his senior season…Earned all-American accolades his senior year at Alemany High School. PERSONAL: Born Matthew “Matt” Richard Tarantino on July 5, 1993, in Mission Hills, Calif. … Parents are Vince and Shannyn Tarantino… Has one older brother, Anthony (1990)… Started playing indoor volleyball with the Santa Monica Beach Club in 2007… Currently plays opposite for Pepperdine… Favorite food is seafood… Favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham… Hobbies include wake boarding and jet skiing… Favorite team is the L.A. Kings and favorite athlete is Adrian Peterson… Happiest moment of his life was beating Mexico in the NORCECA semi finals…Most admired person is his great grandfather Buck Gilmore because, “he still holds the 100-yard-dash record at Van Nuys High School. He Played Football at UCLA with Jackie Robinson. He lived a long and inspiring life.”
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011 – Named to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – Played for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team 2009 – Played for the Select A1 Team at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played in 86 sets his freshman season at Pepperdine and tallied 130 kills on 235 swings for a hitting percentage of .396… Added 9 solo blocks and 76 block assists…Second highest on the team in hitting percentage and blocks per set. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Won a bronze medal at the 2008 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships in 16 Open Division …Team captain of Alemany
Athlete Profile—No. 17 Matt West Matt West
Position: Setter Height: 6-5 Weight: 184 Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011: Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze) … Was named best setter on the team and second-best setter in the tournament with 57 assists...Competed on the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team that played in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship. 2010 - Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Named most valuable player for Space Needle VBF in 2009 and 2010 … Named most valuable player of the Emerald City Classic in 2010 and made the all-Tournament Team…Named most valuable player at the Emerald City Classic in 2009…Alki “King of the Beach.” in 2009… Space Needle VBF Coaches Award and MVP in 2008…Space Needle VBF Most Inspiration Player in 2006. PERSONAL: Born Matthew “Matt” Alvaro West on Oct. 1, 1993, in Seattle, Wash. … Parents are Mark West and Raquel Chumpitaz-West… Mother played for the Peruvian National Volleyball Team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow among many other international tournaments…In 1995, she 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… Both parents are volleyball coaches… Has a grandfather and several cousins who play or have played professional soccer in Peru… Started playing organized indoor volleyball in 2005 for the Space Needle Volleyball Foundation… Favorite food is ribeye steak… Favorite book is Where the Wild Things Are… Favorite professional team is the Seattle Supersonics… Favorite athletes are Loyd Ball and Dennis Johnson… Hobbies include feasting, sleeping, and playing volleyball… Favorite movie is Inside Man and favorite actor is Denzel Washington… Most admired person is his mother...Happiest moment in life was winning the NORCECA gold medal with the U.S. Men's Junior National Team.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011- Member of the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team... Named an alternate to the U.S. Men's Junior National Team. 2010– Member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National team. 2009– Attended the USAV HP Holiday Camp in San Diego… Team captain of the Select A1 Red Team at the USAV High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2008– Attended the USAV HP Youth Holiday Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. … Competed with Select A1 Red Team at the USAV High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz. 2007– Named Most Promising Athlete at the USAV High Performance Development Camp in Fairfax, Va. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played for Pepperdine University and saw action in 118 sets during the 2011 season….Chalked up 1343 assists with an average of 11.38 assists per set….Added 76 block assists for an average of .69 blocks per set…Tallied 166 digs with an average of 1.41 digs per set.
Athlete Profile—No. 18 DJ White DJ White
Position: Outside Hitter/Libero Height: 6-5 Weight: 180 Hometown: Hermosa Beach, Calif.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011- Played on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the Under-19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico (Bronze). 2010- Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
MVP…Named First Team EIVA all-conference….Also listed to the all-tournament team for the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions….In 2010 named Second Team All-CIF… Named to Volleyball Magazine’s “Top 25” the same year… All-tournament at USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in the 16U Open Division in 2009… Varsity volleyball as a sophomore at Mira Costa… 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… Silver medal with MB Surf 15U in the Open Division at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in 2008.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012- Selected to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2011- Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – A1 Camp (Wisconsin Dells). 2009 – Attended the HP Holiday Camp in San Diego, Calif. … A1 Select Team at the High Performance Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2008 – HP Holiday Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. … USAV A1 Select Team at the USAV High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz. 2008 – USAV A1 Select Team (Tucson, Ariz.) ...HP Holiday Camp (Colorado Springs).
PERSONAL: Born Douglas Jordan (D.J.) White on Jan. 22, 1993, in Torrance, Calif. … Parents are Douglas and Cathy White… Has a younger brother named Casey (1994)… Parents both have CBVA beach ratings… Started playing organized indoor volleyball in 2004 with the Manhattan Beach Surf Club… Has played beach volleyball for five years…Current partner is Matt Jones… Favorite food is steak… Favorite book is The Prince of Tides… Favorite musical group is Pepper… Favorite professional team is the L.A. Lakers… Favorite athlete is Sergio… Most admired person is his uncle Lance…Happiest moments in life are at Christmas when he gets to hang out with his entire family.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played at Harvard and saw action in 90 sets during the 2011 season…Added 248 kills on 570 total attempts for a .319 hitting percentage… Tallied 135 digs…Added 28 block assists and 6 solo blocks. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Named a Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American in 2011…Named all-CIF first team….Daily Breeze Player of the Year…Bay League
Staff Profile—Pete Hanson
MJNT Position: Head Coach College Affiliation : Ohio State
Pete Hanson has served as the head volleyball coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes for 27 years. He has garnered an overall record of 541-228.
as a second-place finish in the MIVA. Hanson was named MIVA Coach of the Year in 1992. That season, his team finished with a 28-10 record and earned a share of the MIVA Championship title.
Hanson played volleyball for Kellogg Community College in Michigan, where he won the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship in both 1976 and 1977. He was selected as an All– American during the 1997 season.
In 1998, Hanson’s team finished with an impressive 25-2 record that earned him MIVA Coach of the Year as well as Volleyball Magazine’s Coach of the Year. That season his team carried three All-Americans.
Hanson finished his college career at Ball State University, where he won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship in 1979 and finished fourth in the NCAA Championships. Hanson was named an All-MIVA selection in 1978 and 1979.
Hanson was once again named MIVA Coach of the Year in 2000, and also earned AVCA National Coach of the year accolades that season after finishing second in the NCAA Championship.
Hanson graduated from Ball State with a degree in natural resources and geology. He stayed with the program for an extra year, transitioning from player to assistant coach.
Hanson led his team to their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. His team continued to climb in success and recognition, and in 2007 earned a top-nine finish in the national rankings. In 2009, Hanson’s squad improved their national ranking to seventh.
In 1980, Hanson stepped into the assistant coach role at the University of Wyoming. The squad earned a top-20 ranking in 1981. Hanson took over as head coach for the Cowboys in 1982 and earned 14-12 record.
Hanson earned his tenth MIVA Coach of the Year award following to 2010 season after leading his team to a 22-8 record and 10th–place national ranking.
In 1985, Hanson took a head coaching job with the Ohio State Buckeyes where he has remained since. In his first year leading the squad, Hanson posted a 16-13 record and finished second in the MIVA. The following season he led the team to a first-place finish in the MIVA and a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.
Ohio State won its first NCAA National Championship in 2011. For the second time in his career, Hanson earned AVCA National Coach of the Year as well as Volleyball Magazine’s Coach of the Year. Aside from his impressive career with the Buckeyes, Hanson has been actively involved in coaching elite-level programs, such as the U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team in 1996.
Hanson was named MIVA Coach of the Year in the league in 1988 after leading his team to a 23-12 finish in league play as well 23
Staff Profile— Jay Hosack
MJNT Position: Assistant Coach College Affiliation: Penn State
Jay Hosack started his volleyball career at UC Santa Cruz, where he played from 1995-97. After the conclusion of his career, Hosack transitioned to coaching and served as both head men’s and women’s volleyball coach at UC Santa Cruz from 2000-04.
In 2007, Hosack earned conference Co-Coach of the Year honors and led the women’s program to a conference championship title. Hosack took an assistant coaching position at Penn State in 2010.
Under his guidance, the UC Santa Cruz men’s volleyball team earned a national semifinal appearance in 2004. Hosack also produced the programs first allAmerican athlete. Hosack earned UC Santa Cruz Coach of the Year accolades in 2002 an 2004.
In addition to his collegiate coaching career, Hosack has significant experience coaching with USA Volleyball programs.
After his time at UC Santa Cruz, Hosack took over as assistant coach at Idaho State University and spent a season with the program.
From 2006-2008, he assisted with the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team that went on to win the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal and the 2008 FIVB World League title.
Next, Hosack served as associate head coach for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Irvine Valley College. Hosack guided the men’s teams to conference titles in 2005 and 2007 as well as back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008.
Hosack assisted the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in 2010 and served as an assistant coach at the 2011 Pan Am Games where the team took third.
Staff Profile— Jonah Carson
MJNT Position: Assistant Coach College Affiliation: University of the Pacific
Jonah Carson coached at Aptos High School from 2002-05 and was named SCCAL Coach of the Year. Carson led his team to sectional championship appearances each season from 2003-05.
Carson was named an AVCA Division III Coach of the Year Finalist in 2006-08 as well as in 2010. Carson joined the Pacific Tigers in 2011 and in his first year helped lead the squad to a 15-place finish in the nation. The Tigers were ranked third in the nation in blocks per game with 2.92 on 489 block assists and 62 solo blocks.
Carson was also active with Bay to Bay Volleyball Club where he coached as well as handled administrative duties. Carson transitioned from the high school to college coaching when he accepted an assistant coach position with the UC Santa Cruz men’s volleyball team. During his six-year tenure, he helped the Banana Slugs to a streak of 67 consecutive weeks in the AVCA top-five poll. Carson led his team to the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship four times.
Carson is no stranger to USA Volleyball programs. He has coached at a variety of USA High Performance camps. From 2007-10, Carson served as assistant coach for the USA Boys’ Select A1 Team at the USAV High Performance Championships. In 2010, Carson served as head coach for the USAV Boys’ Select A3 Camp.
Carson has worked with 10 AVCA Division III AllAmericans, including 2008 Player of the Year Byran Shires and 2012 Newcomer of the Year Salvatore La Cavera.
Carson also served as a technical coordinator for the USA Volleyball Boys’ Youth National Team in 2011.
U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in Review USAV ANNOUNCES 2012 MJNTT ROSTER
Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Christenson also played on the 2010 Youth and Junior national teams.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 23, 2012) – USA Volleyball has announced the players and staff for the 2012 U.S. Men’s Volleyball Junior National Training Team.
Twelve players on the roster competed with the 2011 U.S. Youth National Teams that finished third at the Boys’ Youth (Under-19) Pan American Cup and 11th at the FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship: Nik Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Cody Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.), Austin Kingi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ben Patch (Provo, Utah), Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.), Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.), Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.), Andrew Sato (Calabasas, Calif.), James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.), Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif.), Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) and DJ White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.).
Twelve of the 19 training team players will be chosen from the training team to compete at the NORCECA Men’s Under-21 Continental Championship, which will be Aug. 27-Sept. 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The top two teams at the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) Championship will qualify for the 2013 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship.
Two players on the roster, Matt Marsh (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) were alternates on the 2011 Boys’ Youth National Team.
Pete Hanson, head men’s volleyball coach at Ohio State University, will lead the squad, assisted by Jay Hosack (Penn State University) and Jonah Carson (University of the Pacific) along with technical coordinator Randy Nako.
Making their first USA Volleyball national team roster are Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.), Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) and Mitch Stahl (Chambersburg, Pa.).
“It is a great honor to be a part of the USA Junior National Team coaching staff,” Hanson said. “I am most excited about the prospect of USA Volleyball being able to host the NORCECA tournament on our home soil as our team attempts to qualify for the 2013 World Championship.”
“This group of 19 athletes who will be vying for 12 roster spots is both athletic and very experienced, with many of them having participated in last summer’s Youth World Championship,” Hanson said. “We are hoping that those experiences will be a springboard for a great summer of training and competition at the NORCECA tournament.”
Ten different USA Volleyball regions are represented on the roster. Thirteen players on the training team have previous international experience with USA Volleyball.
MEN’S JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM TAKES FOURTH AT 2011 FIVB WORLDS
Setter Micah Christenson (Honolulu, Hawaii) will return from the 2011 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished fourth at the FIVB Men’s Junior World
The U.S. Men's Junior National Team lost to Serbia 25 27 -15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 in the bronze-medal match 26
U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in Review of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Champion -ship Brazil 2011 held at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro.
The Americans had already faced and defeated Egypt in their first match of the tournament, winning in five sets after Egypt came back from a 0-2 set deficit.
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 seventhplace finishes and two eighth-place finishes.
Egypt accumulated a comfortable lead in the first set in the rematch, but the U.S. made a comeback to tie the score at 21-all and carried it out to a 29-27 victory. Egypt won the first two points of the second set, but the U.S. kept the score close for the entire set until Egypt pulled out a close 25-23 second set victory. Team USA’s offense could not be denied in the third and fourth sets. The U.S. team put the pressure on Egypt and pulled out consecutive 25-20 set victories.
“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.”
Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.) scored nine kills on 25 attacks, three aces and two blocks for 14 points to lead the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team against Egypt. Cody Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied 13 points with 11 kills on 31 attacks, a block and an ace. Austin Kingi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) contributed 12 points on 10 kills via 27 swings and two blocks.
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.”
Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) and James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) both contributed nine points apiece. Russell racked up his points with seven kills on 13 attacks and two aces, while Shaw scored his points on six kills via eight errorless attacks and three blocks.
U.S. BOYS’ YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM TAKES 11th OVER EGYPT COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 28, 2011) The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team (BYNT) defeated Egypt 29-27, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20 on Sunday afternoon and finished in 11th place at the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship Argentina 2011 being played in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) added five points on three kills through four swings and two blocks. Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) chipped in three points, all on kills. Josh Kirchner (Sussex, Wis.) and Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.) scored four points collectively on two kills apiece. Matt West (Seattle) scored a block for the match winning point.
"This tournament has been a great experience for us,” U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team Head Coach Ken Shibuya said. “Argentina has been a great host and my players have gained a lot of confidence through this competition.”
The U.S. converted 41.4 percent of its attacks into points with a .273 hitting efficiency with 18 attack errors. Egypt held a kill percent of 37.7 percent and 27
U.S. Menâ€™s Junior National Team in Review a .192 hitting efficiency with 24 attack errors.
Andrew Sato led the U.S. back-row with 11 digs and 20 excellent receptions on 35 attempts. Kingi charted 10 excellent receptions on 23 attempts to go with nine digs.
Shaw tallied 16 assists on 70 set attempts, while West added six assists on 26 set attempts.
Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.) goes up for a hit at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Boysâ€™ Youth (U-19) World Championships in Argentina.
Volleyball Glossary Ace - a served ball that directly results in a point.
fore serving the ball.
Bagel - winning a game 25-0.
Free Ball - a ball the opponent cannot attack and must yield by passing over the net.
Block - an attempt by a player or players to interrupt the ball before, as or just after itWin crosses the net.
Husband and Wife - when a serve drops untouched Bump (Pass) - technique of playing the ball using fore- between two receivers who fail to move. arms, hands together, to direct the ball. Joust - when two players on opposing sides attempt to block the ball by vying to push it onto each other’s side Bump (Set) - a forearm pass used as a set. of the net. Carry - a fault called if the ball comes to rest in the Kill - an attack that results in an immediate point. course of contact by one player. Chickenwing - a last-ditch way to dig a ball using your Paint Brush - a wipe off shot by the spiker (painter) on a blocker. elbow and a bent arm. Court - the playing surface divided into two equal areas by a net. In its official form, volleyball is played on a rectangular court 18 meters (59 feet 0.75 inches) long and 9 meters (29 feet 6.475 inches) wide; the women’s net placed at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.125 inches) high and the men’s net at 2.44 meters (8 feet) high.
Pancake - a one-handed floor defensive technique where the hand is extended and slid along the floor, palm down, and the ball rebounds off the back of the hand, rather than the floor. Pass - the first of three contacts on the offensive side overhead or forearm.
Coverage - most often, refers to backing up a teamPerimeter Defense - backrow defenders work in the mate’s hit when the block is up and the ball comes back. area a meter in from the backline and sidelines up to the Cross Court/Cut Shot - an offensive hit when a player, three-meter line. instead of hitting with power, slices the ball just over and nearly parallel to the net.
Pipe - a ball set in the middle of the court, on the threemeter line, for a backrow player to hit.
Dig - to pass a very hard hit spike; a ball brought up (saved) with any part of the body, particularly from a spike attempt.
Quick - the first of the three attack options. The attacker contacts the ball immediately after it is released from the setter’s hands.
Dink - a very softly-hit spike; ball played just over the net or the blockers hands.
Red card - a severe sanction given by the up-referee.
Down-Referee - secondary referee. He/she stands on the floor at the opposite end of the net as the upreferee. 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.
Roof - to block a spike, usually straight down and for 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 Foot fault - stepping on the court or out of bounds be- hitters to attack the ball. Usually done overhead with 29
Volleyball Glossary two hands.
Bump (Set) - a forearm pass used as a set.
Setter - the team quarterback. Attempts to “set” every second contact for his/her hitters to attack.
Carry - a fault called if the ball comes to rest in the course of contact by one player.
Serve - the act of putting the ball into play.
Chickenwing - a last-ditch way to dig a ball using your elbow and a bent arm.
Shank - to pass the ball badly. Six Pack - another term for getting a spiked ball in the face on defense. A “Twelve Pack” actually knocks down the defender. In the past the defender was then obligated to buy the spiker a six pack of his/her desired beverage (roots are found in doubles sand play). Sizzle the Pits - a spike that goes under, and past, the armpits of a big block.
Court - the playing surface divided into two equal areas by a net. In its official form, volleyball is played on a rectangular court 18 meters (59 feet 0.75 inches) long and 9 meters (29 feet 6.475 inches) wide; the women’s net placed at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.125 inches) high and the men’s net at 2.44 meters (8 feet) high. Coverage - most often, refers to backing up a teammate’s hit when the block is up and the ball comes back.
Slide - a movement from an attacker’s serve receive poCross Court/Cut Shot - an offensive hit when a player, sition past another into a third; usually the ball is hit instead of hitting with power, slices the ball just over while “sliding out” towards the sideline. and nearly parallel to the net. Spiked Ball - a ball hit forcibly from a height not less Dig - to pass a very hard hit spike; a ball brought up than the top of the net. Also known as a bury, crush, (saved) with any part of the body, particularly from a hammer, kill, put-away or slam. spike attempt. Stuff - a block in which the ball goes straight down to the floor with no hope of being picked up by an oppos- Dink - a very softly-hit spike; ball played just over the net or the blockers hands. ing player. Tool - when a ball is intentionally spiked off a blocker’s Down-Referee - secondary referee. He/she stands on the floor at the opposite end of the net as the uphands to make it go out of bounds. referee. Also known as the second official. Touch - when the ball lands out of bounds, but not beDump - when the setter, instead of setting the hitters, fore contacting one of the players. attacks the ball over the net. Up-referee - the main referee. He/she stands upon a Facial Disgracial - a spike that hits the opposing special chair. Also known as the first referee. blocker or floor defender in the face. Yellow card - a first sanction given by the up-referee, cost the sanctioned team a point.Ace - a served ball that Foot fault - stepping on the court or out of bounds before serving the ball. directly results in a point. Free Ball - a ball the opponent cannot attack and must Bagel - winning a game 25-0. yield by passing over the net. Block - an attempt by a player or players to interrupt Husband and Wife - when a serve drops untouched the ball before, as or just after itWin crosses the net. between two receivers who fail to move. Bump (Pass) - technique of playing the ball using foreJoust - when two players on opposing sides attempt to arms, hands together, to direct the ball. 30
USA Volleyball Fact Sheet
Name: USA Volleyball Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Founded: 1928 Membership: Approximately 275,000 Mission: USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for all disciplines of volleyball in the United States and is officially recognized by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As mandated by the Amateur Sports Act, USA Volleyball is responsible for the growth of the sport in America at the grassroots and most elite levels. USA Volleyball is the parent organization of the USA National Teams.
Chief Executive Officer: Doug Beal
About USA Volleyball: Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 275,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $17 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching educa� on and certificate on programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information please visit www.usavolleyball.org.
Other: USA Volleyball consists of 40 regional volleyball associations which manage grassroots playing opportunities for the USA Volleyball membership and is affiliated with 36 member organizations (i.e. NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, YMCA) that provide playing opportunities at a variety of levels.