2014 Boys’ Fab 50

UCLA recruit Jake Arnitz headlines this year's Fab 50 list.
UCLA recruit Jake Arnitz headlines this year's Fab 50 list.

Volleyball, the industry’s only printed publication covering all aspects of the sport, has been presenting its annual boys’ and girls’ Fab 50 lists for more than three decades. Some of the sport’s all-time greats have graced the Fab 50 list over the years. The Volleyball Boys’ Fab 50 is voted on by an elite panel of NCAA Division I-II men’s college coaches who represent many of the game’s top programs. Who on this list will be the next big thing at the collegiate level and beyond? Once again, we asked our panel to rank the top players in the class from 1-5. This time, Esperanza High School (Anaheim, California) and Balboa Bay club standout Jake Arnitz, who will attend UCLA next year, was voted the Class of 2014’s top recruit, adding the title to his 2013 Volleyball Boys’ High School Player of the Year honor. Please enjoy the 2014 Volleyball Boys’ Fab 50, which highlights the top 50 senior boys’ youth talents in the United States.

Karl Apfelbach
Height 6'8"
Position OH/Opp.
High School Shorewood (Wis.)
Club Milwaukee VBC
College UC Irvine

Jake Arnitz
Height 6'5"
Position Opp.
High School Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College UCLA

Hayden Boehle
Height 6'1"
Position L/OH
High School Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Club Manhattan Beach Surf
College UC Santa Barbara

Devon Burki
Height 6'7"
Position OH
High School West (Torrance, Calif.)
Club Rockstar
College UC Santa Barbara

Clay Carr
Height 6'6"
Position Opp.
High School Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College Pepperdine

Henri Cherry
Height 6'7"
Position OH
High School Templeton (Calif.)
Club 46 West
College UC Santa Barbara

Kyle Dagostino
Height 5'9"
Position S/OH
High School Berkeley (Tampa, Fla.)
Club Tampa Bay Invaders
College Stanford

Josiah Byers
Height 6'8"
Position MB
High School Natomas (Sacramento, Calif.)
Club NCVC
College Cal State Northridge

Skylan Engleman
Height 6'7"
Position MB
High School Moanalua (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Club Ka Ulukoa
College Grand Canyon

Evan Enriques
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Club Ka Ulukoa
College Stanford

Zach Eschenberg
Height 6'6"
Position OH
High School Newbury Park (Calif.)
Club Ventura County
College BYU

Sando Feng
Height 6'7"
Position Opp.
High School Pacific Academy (Irvine, Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College UC Irvine

Kyle Foley
Height 6'4"
Position S
High School St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Club STL HP
College Loyola

Ricky Gevis
Height 6'11"
Position Opp.
High School Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Loyola

Chandler Gibb
Height 6'1"
Position S
High School Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Club Highline
College BYU

Brad Gretsch
Height 6'6"
Position MB/OH
High School La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Club Coast
College Harvard

Michael Gulczynski
Height 6'5"
Position Opp.
High School Bartlett (Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Loyola

Colby Harriman
Height 6'5"
Position OH
High School McQuaid (Rochester, N.Y.)
Club Pace Bootlegger
College Pepperdine

J.T. Hatch
Height 6'2"
Position S/OH
High School Mesa (Ariz.)
Club Spiral
College UCLA

Christian Hessenauer
Height 6'6"
Position Opp.
High School Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College UCLA

Connor Inlow
Height 6'6"
Position OH
High School Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Club SCVC
College USC

Ryan Jamison
Height 6'6"
Position OH
High School Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pa.)
Club Yorktowne
College Loyola

Jeff Jendryk
Height 6'8"
Position MB
High School St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Loyola

Marko Kostich
Height 6'5"
Position S
High School Lyons Township (La Grange, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Harvard

Lucas LaMont
Height 6'3"
Position MB
High School Laguna Hills (Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College UC San Diego

Eric Matheis
Height 6'3"
Position S
High School Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College UCLA

Daniel Maurer
Height 6'8"
Position MB/Opp.
High School Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.)
Club Orlando Gold
College Cal Baptist

Zach Melcher
Height 6'5"
Position S
High School Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Club Spiral
College Cal Baptist

Travis O’Gorman
Height 6'3"
Position OH
High School Northport (N.Y.)
Club Long Island
College Cal State Northridge

Luke Owens
Height 6'7"
Position MB
High School Kalaheo (Kailua, Hawaii)
Club Ku’ikahi
College Hawaii

David Parker
Height 6'1"
Position OH
High School Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.)
Club NCVC
College UC Irvine

Cole Paullin
Height 6'7"
Position MB
High School Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Club Manhattan Beach Surf
College Stanford

Langston Payne
Height 6'4"
Position OH/Opp.
High School Piscataway (N.J.)
Club Warren Sixpak
College George Mason

Ben Plaisted
Height 6'4"
Position Opp.
High School Wauwatosa East (Wis.)
Club Milwaukee VBC
College Loyola

Vincent Pizzuti
Height 6'3"
Position OH/Opp.
High School Redondo Union (Calif.)
Club SCVC
College Long Beach State

Louis Richard
Height 6'3"
Position Opp.
High School Redondo Union (Calif.)
Club Manhattan Beach Surf
College Long Beach State

Christian Rupert
Height 6'7"
Position MB
High School Central Bucks West (Doylestown, Pa.)
Club Yorktowne
College BYU

Aaron Samarin
Height 6'0"
Position L
High School Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Club Central Cal
College Ohio State

Brenden Sander
Height 6'5"
Position OH
High School Huntington Beach (Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College BYU

Jake Selsky
Height 5'11"
Position L
High School Cary-Grove (Cary, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Loyola

Erik Sikes
Height 6'1"
Position L
High School Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Club SCVC
College BYU

Michael Simmons
Height 6'5"
Position OH
High School Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Lewis

Lee Smith
Height 6'5
Position OH
High School Ambridge (Pa.)
Club Beaver Valley Premier
College Penn State

Larry Tuileta
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Club Ka Ulukoa
College USC

Jake Walenga
Height 6'1"
Position OH
High School Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, Ill.)
Club Ultimate
College Lewis

Matthew Walsh
Height 6'10"
Position MB
High School Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.)
Club Ultimate
College Ball State

Mitch Weiler
Height 6'4"
Position OH
High School Brother Rice (Chicago, Ill.)
Club Ultimate
College Ball State

David Wieczorek
Height 6'5"
Position OH
High School Loyola (Wilmette, Ill.)
Club Energy
College Pepperdine

Jack Wyett
Height 6'5"
Position OH
High School Laguna Beach (Calif.)
Club Balboa Bay
College USC

Logan Zotovich
Height 6'2"
Position S/Opp.
High School San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Club Coast
College UC Irvine

Top 5 Players in the Class of 2014

1 Jake Arnitz
2 Christian Hessenauer
3 Larry Tuileta
4 Kyle Dagostino
5 Brenden Sander

By the Numbers

7: Number of Fab 50 selections national champ Loyola will welcome in the fall.

23 Fab 50 selections hail from the Golden State.

Standing 6'11", Ricky Gevis is the tallest Fab 50 selection, while Kyle Dagostino is the shortest at 5'9".

25 Underclassmen To Watch

Kyle Barnes 6'4" | OH | Jr. | Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.) | Coastal

Ryne Benson 6'2" | S/Opp. | Jr. | Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) | Spiral

Dante Chakravorti 6'3" | S | Jr. | New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) | Vortex

Woody Cook 6'3" | OH/Opp. | Jr. | Oak Park (Calif.) | Santa Monica Beach Club

Matt Ctvrtlik 6'4" | S | So. | Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.) | Balboa Bay

TJ DeFalco 6'3" | OH | Jr. | Huntington Beach (Calif.) | HBC

Matt Douglas 5'9" | L | Jr. | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) | Santa Monica Beach Club

Kyle Ensing 6'6" | S/Opp. | Jr. | Valencia (Calif.) | Legacy

Jordan Ewert 6'4" | OH | Jr. | Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) | Pacific Rim

Patrick Gasman 6'10" | MB | Jr. | Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) | Pacific Rim

Dane Leclair 6'3" | S/OH | Jr. | McQuaid (Rochester, N.Y.) | Pace Bootlegger

Schylar Lillethorup 6'4" | S | Jr. | Apopka (Fla.) | Ocean Bay

Micah Ma’a 6'1" | S | Jr. | Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) | Ku’ikahi

Collin Mahan 6'4" | OH | Jr. | Victor (N.Y.) | Pace Bootlegger

Parker Maki 6'5" | OH | Jr. | Newbury Park (Calif.) | Bones

Donovan Mitchell 6'9" | MB/Opp. | So. | Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) | Pacific Rim

Branden Oberender 6'7" | MB | Jr. | Royal (Simi Valley, Calif.) | Bones

Kysen Olsen 6'3" | OH/Opp. | Jr. | Scripps Ranch (San Diego, Calif.) | Coast

Tyler Resnick 6'8" | MB | Jr. | Newbury Park (Calif.) | Bones

Brett Rosenmeier 6'3" | OH/Opp. | Jr. | Virginia Beach (Va.) | Coastal

Scott Stadick 6'10" | MB | So. | Watertown (Wis.) | West Allis Lightning

Will Tischler 6'6" | OH | Jr. | Downers Grove (Ill.) South | Sports Performance

Joshua Tuaniga 6'4" | S | Jr. | St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) | HBC

Tanner Woods 6'3" | S | So. | Huntington Beach (Calif.) | Balboa Bay

Joe Worsley 5'10" | S/Opp. | Jr. | Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) | Pacific Rim

Originally published in July 2014

1 Comment

Jun 26, 2014 at 02:10PM C Edwards

Also watch sophomores James Thomas (949), Noah Dyer (Balboa), and Brandon Lundstrom (949).

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