Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Boys Youth Training Team: Unleashing Talent and Experience

USA Volleyball High Performance proudly announces the selection of the Boys Youth National Training Team, comprising 24 exceptional players. These young athletes will undergo rigorous training, with the top 12 players eventually representing the team at the highly anticipated 2019 FIVB Under-19 World Championship in Tunisia from August 21-30.

It’s worth noting that all 12 players from the 2018 Boys Youth National Team, who secured second place at the NORCECA U19 Championship and qualified for the World Championship, are part of the training team. The team boasts a lineup of talented individuals, including outside hitters Joe Deluzio, James Hartley, Alex Knight, and Akhil Tangutur, as well as middle blockers Nathanial Gates, Ethan Hill, and Ethan Smith, and more.

Building a Strong Foundation

The training team is not limited to the previous year’s national team members. It has expanded to include new talent, such as outside hitters Luke Benson, Klistan Lawrence, Sebastian Rodriguez, and Francesco Sani, middle blockers Gavin Julien, Gavin Leising, and Rico Wardlow, and other promising players. The team will undergo intensive training at the USAV High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 13-22.

Experience Meets Expertise

The Boys Youth National Training Team will be led by Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, David Hunt, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. Assisting him will be Nick MacRae from Long Beach State and Colin McMillan from Penn State. Throughout the training, Kevin Burch from Ohio State will provide valuable guidance, while Mitch Lush from Ohio State will assume the role of technical coordinator for the World Championship.

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Q: Who is included in the Boys Youth Training Team?

A: The Boys Youth Training Team consists of 24 talented athletes who will undergo rigorous training and compete for a spot on the final 12-player roster for the 2019 FIVB Under-19 World Championship.

Q: When and where will the World Championship take place?

A: The 2019 FIVB Under-19 World Championship will be held in Tunisia from August 21-30. The team will showcase their skills and strive for success on the international stage.


The Boys Youth Training Team is a collection of promising athletes who will be competing for a spot on the highly competitive 2019 FIVB Under-19 World Championship roster. Led by head coach David Hunt and his exceptional coaching staff, these talented players will undergo intensive training to refine their skills and represent the United States with pride. Stay tuned for updates on their journey and join us in supporting their pursuit of victory.

To stay up-to-date on the Boys Youth Training Team’s progress, be sure to visit the official website of Experience the thrill and passion of high-level volleyball as these young athletes embark on their extraordinary journey.