USA Volleyball has named a team of 20 players for the 2018 U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team. After a camp from June 24th-July 7th at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, they will par the list down to 12 that will compete at the NORCECA U21 Continental Championship in Managua, Nicaragua from July 8th-16th.
For those players still in high school, or not yet in college, the training camp and subsequent competition overlaps with the Boys’ Junior National Championships that runs from July 1st-9th in Phoenix, Arizona.
The team will be coached by Jonah Carson after spending the last two seasons as an assistant with the MJNT. He’s currently the head coach at the Mountain View Volleyball Club in Mountain View, California and formerly was an assistant coach at Pacific.
That will impact 9 of the 20 players who haven’t yet begun their college careers. Most teams had already qualified for BJNCs by the time MJNTT invites were sent out, and rules preclude those teams from accepting transfers from other teams that qualified for the open division. SMBC Pali is losing two players – opposite Jonathan Bowles and setter Blake Crisp – for the tournament.
The United States have won 3 of the last 4 NORCECA Junior Championships (U-21). They are the only team to medal at all 10 editions of that championship.
- Garland Peed, Libero – UCLA
- Zach Hendrickson, Libero – BYU
- Daniel Matheney, Middle Blocker – Rockstar 18 – UCLA commit
- J.T. Martin, Middle Blocker – Ocean Bay 18 – Pepperdine commit
- Joseph Kenzinger, Middle Blocker – Lewis
- Kyler Presho, Middle Blocker – Stanford
- Samuel Lewis, Middle Blocker – USC
- Jaylen Jasper, Opposite – Stanford
- Jonathan Bowles, Opposite – SMBC Pali 18 – UC Irvine commit
- Luke Denton, Opposite – AZ Fear 18 – Loyola Commit
- Austin Gerwig, Outside Hitter – Fort Wayne
- Devin Joslyn, Outside Hitter – Loyola
- Jacob Steele, Outside Hitter – Balboa 18 – Pepperdine commit
- Joel Schneidmiller, Outside Hitter – UCI
- Kevin Lamp, Outside Hitter – SPVB 18 – Class 2019
- Leo Henken, Outside Hitter – Stanford
- Spencer Olivier, Outside Hitter – Long Beach State
- Brendin Chandler, Setter – Balboa 18 – Pepperdine commit
- Blake Crisp, Setter – SMBC Pali 18 – UCSD commit
- Christopher Hall, Setter – USC