Swiss club Volley Näfels has announced in its official website that it has signed Lucas Yoder to its roster. The 23-year-old 6’5” outside hitter is transferring out of Padua after joining the club at the final stretch of Italy’s A1 season, and thus is set to undergo his first true full professional season. Yoder spent four seasons of indoor volleyball at USC and one year as a beach player.
During his senior campaign at USC, he led the nations in kills per set [4.85] and points per set [5.22] on a path to earning First Team All-MPSF Honors and AVCA All-American Second Team. He finished his indoor career with 1,032 kills, 307 digs, 91 blocks and 32 aces. In his only season of beach volleyball, Yoder, teamed with Michael Saeta, won the gold medal at the inaugural USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, never dropping a set over the course of the tournament.
Näfels’ coach, Ruedi Gygli confessed that the signing of Yoder was due to the indication of the team’s former American ace Kyle Friend, who put in good words regarding Yoder’s qualities as a player for the team’s managers. At Näfels, the young American will join a club that is the current runner ups of the Swiss League. It went 19-5 in its last regular season, before being swept int he finals by Lausanne.