Speraw, USA Volleyball announce 12-player men’s Olympic roster for Tokyo

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USA mens volleyball roster 6/14/2021
The USA men after beating Germany on June 10/FIVB photo

Coach John Speraw and USA Volleyball on Monday announced the 2021 12-player men’s Olympic volleyball team that will compete in Tokyo next month.

The USA, which won bronze in Rio in 2016, has eight returning players.

The four newcomers are opposite Kyle Ensing, outside hitters T.J. DeFalco and Garrett Muagututia, and middle blocker Mitch Stahl.

The veterans include Matt Anderson and David Smith, and the Shoji brothers, Erik and Kawika. Also back are Taylor Sander, Micah Christenson, Max Holt, and Thomas Jaeschke.

The team is currently playing in the Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy, where the Americans are 4-5. Their next match is Tuesday against Italy. The Olympics start July 23 in Tokyo.

No. Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 — Matt Anderson (OPP, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3 — Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
5 — Kyle Ensing (OPP, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
6 — Mitch Stahl (MB, 6-8, Chambersburg, Pa., UCLA)
7 — Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8 — T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
11 — Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, USC)
12 — Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
17 — Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Chicago)
18 — Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
20 — David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
22 — Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
Alternates
2 — Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State)
4 — Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Chicago)
13 — Ben Patch (OPP, 6-8, Layton, Utah, BYU)
15 — Brenden Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
16 — Josh Tuaniga (S, 6-3, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
19 — Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Hawaii)
21 — Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
25 — Kyle Russell (OPP, 6-9, Sacramento, Calif., UC Irvine)
Head Coach — John Speraw
Assistant — Brian Thornton
Assistant — Matthew Fuerbringer
Assistant — Mike Wall
Team Manager — Erik Sullivan
Technical Coordinator — Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer — Aaron Brock
Strength Coach — Timothy Pelot
Doctor — Chris Lee
Statistician/Scout — Andrew Strick
Massage Therapist — Jennifer Holt

4 COMMENTS

  1. Patch is an alternate? Are you crazy? Destined for at best bronze. The politics of volleyball is the reason it isn’t followed in states.

  2. I’m glad Patch isn’t going. In this years VNL, he’s shown he isn’t making consistently smart decisions… and a big vertical and popularity aren’t enough to make you a starter. Bummer that Aaron Russell got injured.

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