Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

USAV Chooses 12 for Men’s U21 Team at Worlds

USA Volleyball has recently announced the selection of 12 talented athletes to represent the United States at the 2023 Men’s U21 World Championship. The tournament will take place from July 7-16 in Manama, Bahrain.

Training in Sofia, Bulgaria

Before heading to Bahrain, the team will spend some time in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they will train with teams from Brazil, Bulgaria, and Iran. This training camp, scheduled from June 30 to July 4, will provide the players with valuable experience and preparation for the upcoming championship.

Training Camp

Returning Players

Six players from the 2022 team, which won the Men’s U21 Pan American Cup and secured a spot in the 2023 World Championship, will be returning for this year’s tournament. These players include setter Andrew Rowan, outside hitter Zach Rama, middle blockers Nyherowo Omene and Wesley Smith, and opposites Trent Moser and Shane Wetzel.

Another six players from the U21 Men’s Team, which won silver at the NORCECA Pan American Cup in Havana, Cuba, will also be joining the roster. This talented group includes outside hitters Alex Rottman and Trent Moser, middles Nyherowo Omene and Owen Rose, opposite Shane Wetzel, and libero Ryan Merk.

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Team

New Additions

Setter Island Doty and outside hitter Theo Snoey, who were alternates for the 2023 Pan Am Cup Team, have earned their place in the U21 Men’s Team. Additionally, outside hitter Dillon Klein, who was unable to train or compete in the 2020 Boys U19 Team due to the pandemic, is a new addition to the group.

Coaching Staff

The experienced Andy Read will lead the team as the head coach, with Rory Prager and Chris Seiffert serving as his assistants. They have been working hard to prepare the team for the challenges they will face in the World Championship.

Exciting Prospects

Coach Read expressed his confidence in the team’s ability, stating that they are the most athletic and dynamic group possible. The players are fully aware of the challenge ahead and are eagerly looking forward to showcasing their skills on the world stage.

U.S. Men’s U21 Roster for the 2023 FIVB World Championship

  • Ryan Merk (L, 6-0, 2003, Chicago, Ill., Penn State, Great Lakes)
  • Dillon Klein (OH, 6-4, 2003, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Univ. of Southern California, Southern California)
  • Island Doty (S, 6-5, 2003, Colorado Springs, Colo., Long Beach State, Rocky Mountain)
  • Andrew Rowan (S, 6-7, 2003, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  • Shane Wetzel (Opp, 6-7, 2004, Wekiwa Springs, Fla., Ohio State, Florida)
  • Nyherowo Omene (MB, 6-8, 2003, South Holland, Ill., Princeton, Great Lakes)
  • Trent Moser (OH, 6-8, 2003, Gilbert, Ariz., BYU, Arizona)
  • Zach Rama (OH, 6-8, 2004, Phoenix, Ariz., UCLA, Arizona)
  • Owen Rose (MB, 6-8, 2003, Long Island, N.Y., Penn State, Garden Empire)
  • Wesley Smith (MB, 6-11, 2004, Encinitas, Calif., Univ. of Southern California, Southern California)
  • Alex Rottman (OH, 6-7, 2004, Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanford, Southern California)
  • Theo Snoey (OH, 6-8, 2004, Berkeley, Calif., Stanford, Northern California)
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FAQ

When and where will the 2023 Men’s U21 World Championship take place?

The 2023 Men’s U21 World Championship will be held in Manama, Bahrain from July 7-16.

Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s U21 Team?

Andy Read, with his vast experience, will lead the team as the head coach.

How many training camps will the team have before the championship?

The team will have a training camp in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they will train with teams from Brazil, Bulgaria, and Iran.

How many players from the previous U21 teams will be returning for this year’s championship?

Six players from the 2022 team and another six players from the U21 Men’s Team will be returning for this year’s championship.

Who are the new additions to the U.S. Men’s U21 Team?

The new additions to the team are Island Doty, Theo Snoey, and Dillon Klein.

Conclusion

The U.S. Men’s U21 Team is ready to compete in the 2023 Men’s U21 World Championship. With a strong roster, talented coaching staff, and rigorous training, they are determined to showcase their skills and make their mark on the world stage. Good luck to the team as they embark on this exciting journey!

For more information about the U.S. Men’s U21 Team, visit Alpinetgheep.