COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2022) – Twenty-one of the country’s top U21 volleyball athletes have been selected to the U.S. Men’s U21 National Training Team.

All 21 will participate in a training camp September 9-17 in Anaheim, California. From the training team, 12 will be selected to compete at the 2022 U21 Men’s Pan American Cup in Havana, Cuba, September 18-26.

Eight athletes – Dane Hillis, Tyler Morgan, Markus Olsson, Nyherowo Omene, Zach Rama, Andrew Rowan, Theo Snoey and Kyle Teune – earned spots on last year’s Boys U19 National Training Team. Twelve have participated in at least one National Team Development Program Training Series session in the last year.

Over half the team is from USA Volleyball’s Southern California region, and two each hail from the Great Lakes and Northern California regions. Also represented are the Florida, Iowa, Arizona, Badger and Iroquois Empire regions.

Balboa Bay Volleyball Club coach Andy Read, who led the U.S. Men’s National Team to bronze at the 2021 Men’s Pan American Cup, returns for this year’s U21 edition. He’ll be assisted by Ohio State associate head coach Hudson Bates. Alex Hurlburt, lead volleyball trainer at The Volleyball Institute, is the team’s performance analyst, and USA Volleyball’s Donovan Martinez is the team leader.

“Representing USA Volleyball as the coach of the U21 Men’s team is one of the greatest opportunities I’ve been afforded in my coaching career,” head coach Andy Read said. “I’m not just preparing these athletes for the upcoming Pan American Cup, but for their future in the sport. I am honored to work with so many outstanding coaches and players in this exciting endeavor.”

U.S. Men’s U21 National Training Team Roster

Athlete Name (Position; Height; City, State; College/University; USAV Region)
Brad Bell (Middle Blocker; 6-9; Salem; Wisc.; Loyola Chicago; Badger)
Owen Birg (Outside Hitter, Opposite; 6-8; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara; Southern California)
George Bruening (Opposite; 6-9; Newport Beach, Calif.; Pepperdine (verbal); Southern California)
Max Gordon (Libero; 6-2; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara; Southern California)
Daniel Haber (Outside Hitter; 6-6; Remsenburg, N.Y.; Lewis; Iroquois Empire)
Dane Hillis (Outside Hitter; 6-3; San Clement, Calif.; Long Beach State; Southern California)
Dillon Klein (Outside Hitter; 6-5; Pacific Palisades, Calif.; USC; Southern California)
Maxwell McCullough (Middle Blocker; 6-8; San Marcos, Calif.; Concordia University Irvine; Southern California)
Tyler Morgan (Setter; 6-7; Dike, Iowa; Lewis; Iowa)
Markus Olsson (Middle Blocker; 6-8; Cupertino, Calif.; USC; Northern California)
Nyherowo Omene (Middle Blocker; 6-8; South Holland, Ill.; Princeton; Great Lakes)
Zach Rama (Outside Hitter; 6-9; Phoenix, Ariz.; UCLA; Arizona)
Noah Roberts (Outside Hitter; 6-7; Seal Beach, Calif; USC; Southern California)
Alex Rottman (Outside Hitter; 6-6; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Stanford; Southern California)
Andrew Rowan (Setter; 6-7; Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; UCLA; Southern California)
Peter Selcho (Middle Blocker; 6-5; Fountain Valley, Calif.; UC San Diego; Southern California)
Wesley Smith (Middle Blocker; 6-10; Encinitas, Calif.; USC (verbal); Southern California)
Theo Snoey (Outside Hitter; 6-8; Berkeley, Calif.; Stanford; Northern California)
Kyle Teune (Outside Hitter; 6-6; Downers Grove, Ill.; Ohio State; Great Lakes)
Shane Wetzel (Opposite; 6-7; Longwood, Fla. Ohio State; Florida)
Niko Williams (Setter; 6-6; Poway, Calif.; Ohio State; Southern California)