Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Men’s Junior Team Competes at NORCECA Tournament

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is excited to participate in the upcoming NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship. This highly anticipated tournament, taking place in Gatineau, Canada from July 5th to July 10th, serves as a qualifier for the prestigious 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Pool Play and Format

In the pool stage of the tournament, our team will face formidable opponents from Barbados and St. Vincent on July 5th and July 7th, respectively. The other pool consists of Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, and Trinidad & Tobago. The quarterfinal matches will be held on July 8th, followed by the semifinals on July 9th, and the final matches on July 10th.

Live Streaming

For those unable to attend the tournament in person, we have good news! The matches scheduled for July 8th to July 10th will be streamed live. Stay tuned for the link, which will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Team Roster

Our Men’s Junior Team boasts exceptional talent in all positions. The outside hitters include Reese Devilbiss, Austin Matautia, and Dylan Missry, while Kyle Ensing and Michael Wexter shine as opposite hitters. George Huhmann, Scott Stadick, and Jack Cole showcase their expertise as middle blockers, and Josh Tuaniga and Joe Worsley are the skilled setters. Matt Douglas anchors the defense as libero.

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Past Achievements

Having previously clinched gold at the NORCECA Championship in 2010 and 2012, the U.S. Men’s Junior Team settled for bronze in 2014. This year, the team is determined to surpass previous accomplishments and claim the top spot. Several players, including Tuaniga, Ewert, Stadick, and Worsley, were part of the victorious 2014 Boys’ Youth National Team that secured the NORCECA U19 Championship. Huhmann, Ensing, Wexter, and Devilbiss joined them in representing the 2015 Boys’ Youth National Team, which finished seventh in the FIVB U19 World Championships.

Meet the Team

Get to know our talented athletes:

  • Kyle Ensing (Opposite, 6-7, Long Beach State, Valencia, California, SCVA)
  • Reese Devilbiss (Outside Hitter, 6-2, Ohio State University, Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, Keystone)
  • Jack Cole (Middle Blocker, 6-6, Pepperdine University, Lafayette, California, NCVA)
  • George Huhmann (Middle Blocker, 6-10, Princeton University, High Ridge, Missouri, Gateway)
  • Scott Stadick (Middle Blocker, 7-0, UC Irvine, Watertown, Wisconsin, Badger)
  • Joshua Tuaniga (Setter, 6-2, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, California, SCVA)
  • Austin Matautia (Outside Hitter, 6-5, University of Hawaii Manoa, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Aloha)
  • Michael Wexter (Opposite, 6-6, Pepperdine University, New Lenox, Illinois, Great Lakes)
  • Joe Worsley (Setter, 6-0, University of Hawaii, Moraga, California, NCVA)
  • Matt Douglas (Libero, 5-10, USC, Pacific Palisades, California, Southern California)
  • Jordan Ewert (Outside Hitter, 6-5, Stanford University, Antioch, California, NCVA)
  • Dylan Missry (Outside Hitter, 6-4, UCLA, Holbrook, New York, Garden Empire)

Coaching Staff

Our dedicated coaching staff is led by Head Coach Jay Hosack from George Mason University. Assisting him are Jonah Carson from Mountain View Volleyball Club and Matt McCarthy from Lewis University. Virginia Pham from Virginia Commonwealth University serves as the team’s statistician.

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FAQs

Q: What is the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship?
A: The NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship is a volleyball tournament for players under the age of 21 from countries within the North, Central America, and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) region. It serves as a qualifier for the FIVB U21 World Championship.

Q: When and where will the tournament take place?
A: The tournament will be held from July 5th to July 10th in Gatineau, Canada.

Q: Can I watch the matches if I am unable to attend in person?
A: Yes, the matches scheduled for July 8th to July 10th will be streamed live. Stay tuned for the link to access the live stream.

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Junior Team?
A: The head coach of the U.S. Men’s Junior Team is Jay Hosack from George Mason University.

Conclusion

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is thrilled to participate in the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship. With a talented roster and dedicated coaching staff, we are confident in our ability to succeed in this tournament. Stay tuned for updates on our journey to secure a spot in the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship. For more information about our team and to stay up to date with all things “Alpinetgheep”, visit our website at Alpinetgheep.