Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Men’s Update: Keeping up with the Collegians

Men’s college volleyball teams continue to showcase their talent, with players who have U.S. Men’s National Team experience standing out for their schools. Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout performances from these collegiate athletes.

UCLA Shining Bright

U.S. Men’s Head Coach, John Speraw, has coached UCLA to an impressive 9-1 record. The Bruins, currently ranked No. 2 by the AVCA, have been led by middle blocker Mitch Stahl and setter Micah Ma’a. Stahl, who played on the 2015 Pan American Games team, ranks seventh in the country for aces per set and ninth for blocks per set. Ma’a, who has trained with the U.S. Men, leads the team in assists per set.

Long Beach State making waves

Long Beach State holds the No. 3 spot in the AVCA rankings with a 7-2 record. Led by coach Alan Knipe, who coached the U.S. Men from 2009-2012, the team features standout performances from setter Josh Tuaniga and outside hitter T.J. DeFalco. Tuaniga, a member of the 2016 Pan American Cup team, currently leads the nation in assists per set. DeFalco, who played on the 2015 Pan American Games team, ranks in the top 10 for attacks per set, kills per set, and points per set.

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BYU and Loyola of Chicago Impress

BYU’s men’s team, ranked fourth with a 7-2 record, boasts standout performances from opposite Ben Patch and outside hitter Jake Langlois. Patch, a member of the 2015 Pan American Cup team, leads the country in kills per set and is second in points per set. Langlois, who played on the 2015 and 2016 Pan American Cup teams, ranks fifth in the country for aces per set.

Loyola of Chicago, currently ranked No. 10 with a record of 4-3, sees impressive play from middle blocker Jeff Jendryk. Jendryk, a member of the 2015 and 2016 Pan American Cup teams, ranks sixth in the country for hitting percentage.

Exciting Performances from Other Teams

While the University of Southern California has struggled this season with a 2-7 record, middle blocker Andy Benesh has been a bright spot. Benesh, a member of the 2015 Pan American Cup team, ranks tenth in the country for hitting percentage and second on the team in scoring.

In international play, middle blocker David Smith, libero Dustin Watten, and setter Jonah Seif have been making waves for their respective teams in Poland. Micah Christenson, setter for Cucine Lube Civitanova, and Matt Anderson, outside hitter for Zenit Kazan, have been showcasing their skills in Italy and Russia, respectively.

The college volleyball season is in full swing, and these players are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting world of men’s college volleyball.

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Summary

In summary, the men’s college volleyball season is in full swing, and players with U.S. Men’s National Team experience are making their mark for their respective schools. UCLA, Long Beach State, BYU, and Loyola of Chicago are among the teams with standout performances from their players. Additionally, international play has seen impressive performances from athletes competing in Poland, Italy, and Russia. Keep an eye on these talented players as the season progresses. For more updates and information on men’s college volleyball, visit Alpinetgheep.com.