Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Men’s U21 Team to Compete for Pan Am Cup in Cuba

USA Volleyball has announced the selection of the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup in Havana, Cuba. The team was finalized after a rigorous five-day training block in Anaheim, California.

Returning Champions and New Faces

The roster includes six players who were part of the team that clinched gold at the 2022 Men’s U21 Pan American Cup and secured a spot in the 2023 World Championship. Middle blocker Nyherowo Omene will take on the responsibility of team captain, alongside outside hitters Dane Hillis, Trent Moser, and Kyle Teune, as well as opposite Shane Wetzel and setter Tyler Morgan.

Joining the roster are outside hitter Alex Rottman, opposite George Bruening, middles Owen Rose and Micah Wong Diallo, setter Gabe Dyer, and libero Ryan Merk.

Experienced Coaching Staff

The team will be led by head coach Andy Read from Long Beach State, who led the 2022 Men’s U21 Team to victory in the Pan Am Cup. Assisting him will be Rory Prager from the University of Southern California and Taylor Hammond from UC San Diego.

U.S. Roster for the 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup

  • Ryan Merk (L)
  • Dane Hillis (OH)
  • Gabe Dyer (S)
  • Kyle Teune (OH)
  • Tyler Morgan (S)
  • Shane Wetzel (Opp)
  • Nyherowo Omene (MB)
  • Trent Moser (OH)
  • George Bruening (Opp)
  • Owen Rose (MB)
  • Alex Rottman (OH)
  • Micah Wong Diallo (MB)
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Head Coach: Andy Read (Long Beach State)
Assistant Coach: Rory Prager (University of Southern California)
Assistant Coach: Taylor Hammond (UC San Diego)

Alternates

The team’s alternates include Christopher Connelly (L), Jacob Reilly (L), Island Doty (S), Ben Putnam (OH), Nicodemus Meyer (MB), Markus Olsson (MB), Patrick Rogers (OH), and Theo Snoey (OH).

Tournament Schedule

The tournament will take place from June 5 to June 10 in Havana, Cuba. Here is the schedule for the U.S. team:

  • June 5: USA vs. Nicaragua at 11 a.m.
  • June 6: USA vs. Guatemala at 11 a.m.
  • June 7: USA vs. Cuba at 1 p.m.
  • June 8: Quarterfinal matches at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • June 9: Classification matches at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., Semifinals at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • June 10: Seventh-place match at 7 a.m., Fifth-place match at 9 a.m., Bronze-medal match at 11 a.m., Gold-medal match at 1 p.m.

For more information about the team and the tournament, visit Alpinetgheep.

FAQs

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s U21 Team?
A: The head coach is Andy Read from Long Beach State.

Q: How many returning players are on the roster?
A: Six players from the previous championship-winning team have made it to the roster.

Q: Where will the 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup take place?
A: The tournament will be held in Havana, Cuba.

Conclusion

The U.S. Men’s U21 Team is set to compete in the highly anticipated 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup in Cuba. With a roster of talented players and an experienced coaching staff, they aim to continue their success and showcase their skills on the international stage. Follow their journey on Alpinetgheep for updates and results.

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