Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Announces Preliminary Roster for VNL

The U.S. Men’s National Team has revealed its 25-man roster for the upcoming 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, showcasing a talented mix of experienced players and promising rookies. Coaches will have the flexibility to select 14 players from this roster to compete in both the preliminary matches and the final round of the VNL.

The United States will have the advantage of hosting the VNL Final Round in Chicago on July 10-14, guaranteeing their automatic qualification. This means that the team can approach the five-week preliminary round with some ease and experiment with new player combinations without feeling the pressure to secure qualification.

Among the roster are nine players who were part of the 2016 Olympic Team, including two-time Olympians Matt Anderson and David Smith. These veterans will bring their expertise to the court, along with their Olympic teammates Taylor Sander, Aaron Russell, Thomas Jaeschke, Max Holt, Micah Christenson, Kawika Shoji, and Erik Shoji.

The U.S. Men’s National Team won bronze in the 2018 VNL Final Round, and eight of the Olympic players from that team will be aiming for another strong performance in this year’s competition. Joining them are Jeff Jendryk, Dan McDonnell, Ben Patch, Kyle Ensing, T.J. DeFalco, and libero Dustin Watten.

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Adding fresh talent to the VNL roster are setters Micah Ma’a, Josh Tuaniga, and Michael Saeta, as well as liberos Larry Tuileta Jr. and Kyle Dagostino. These newcomers will have an opportunity to prove their abilities on the international stage.

Here is a full list of the U.S. Men’s Preliminary Roster:

  • Matt Anderson (Opp)
  • Aaron Russell (OH)
  • Taylor Sander (OH)
  • Jeff Jendryk (MB)
  • Kyle Ensing (Opp)
  • Mitch Stahl (MB)
  • Kawika Shoji (S)
  • T.J. DeFalco (OH)
  • Jake Langlois (OH)
  • Dan McDonnell (MB)
  • Micah Christenson (S)
  • Max Holt (MB)
  • Ben Patch (Opp)
  • Micah Ma’a (S)
  • Josh Tuaniga (S)
  • Thomas Jaeschke (OH)
  • Garrett Muagututia (OH)
  • Taylor Averill (MB)
  • David Smith (MB)
  • Dustin Watten (L)
  • Erik Shoji (L)
  • Larry Tuileta Jr. (L)
  • Kyle Dagostino (L)
  • Kyle Russell (Opp)
  • Michael Saeta (S)

Coached by John Speraw, the team also includes assistant coaches Rob Neilson and Brian Thornton, technical coordinator Nate Ngo, and athletic trainer Aaron Brock.

The schedule for the U.S. Men’s team in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League is as follows:

Katowice, Poland

  • May 31: USA vs. Brazil
  • June 1: USA vs. Poland
  • June 2: USA vs. Australia

Ufa, Russia

  • June 7: USA vs. Italy
  • June 8: USA vs. Russia
  • June 9: USA vs. Portugal

Cannes, France

  • June 14: USA vs. Argentina
  • June 15: USA vs. Germany
  • June 16: USA vs. France

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA

  • June 21: USA vs. Japan
  • June 22: USA vs. Canada
  • June 23: USA vs. China
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • June 28: USA vs. Bulgaria
  • June 29: USA vs. Serbia
  • June 30: USA vs. Iran

Stay tuned for the latest updates on the U.S. Men’s National Team as they prepare to make their mark in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

FAQs

Q: What is the U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League?

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team’s preliminary roster for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League includes 25 players. Coaches will select 14 players from this roster for the preliminary matches and the final round.

Q: How many Olympic players are on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster?

  • There are nine players on the roster who were part of the 2016 Olympic Team, including two-time Olympians Matt Anderson and David Smith.

Q: Who are the newcomers in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster for the VNL?

  • The newcomers in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster for the VNL include setters Micah Ma’a, Josh Tuaniga, and Michael Saeta, as well as liberos Larry Tuileta Jr. and Kyle Dagostino.

Summary

The U.S. Men’s National Team has unveiled its preliminary roster for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, featuring a mix of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers. Coaches will have the flexibility to choose from this talented pool of players for the upcoming matches. With the advantage of hosting the VNL Final Round, the team can focus on experimenting with new lineups during the preliminary round. Stay updated on the team’s journey as they aim for success in the highly anticipated VNL competition. Visit Alpinetgheep.com for more information.

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