May 3, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Sophomores Brennan Anderson and Michael Henchy and freshman Driss Guessous have been selected to join the 22-player U.S Men's Junior National Volleyball Training Team, USA Volleyball announced.
From the roster of 22, 12 players will be chosen to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship (Aug. 22-Sept. 1) as well as the U21 Pan American Cup (July 12-20).
Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson was selected to head Team USA following a gold-medal performance at the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship. Joining his staff is Penn State's Jay Hosack and Pacific's Jonah Carson. Ohio State team statistician Jake Schick will serve as technical assistant for the squad.
Anderson finished his sophomore season as the nation's leader in digs, averaging 3.12 per set. The libero from Newport Beach, Calif., totaled 16 double-digit dig performances on the year, including a career-best 24 against IPFW in February. For his efforts, Anderson was named to the MIVA All-Conference First Team.
Henchy concluded his sophomore year as the team's leader in kills with 301 on the year and a 3.34 average. The outside hitter from Ventura, Calif., was among the Top 10 nationally in hitting percentage (.352) and was named to the MIVA All-Conference First Team.
Guessous, a middle blocker from Pasadena, Calif., received a redshirt this season and will return next year with freshman eligibility. Guessous and Henchy were members of Team USA last summer at the Junior Continental Championships, earning gold.
The U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team will first gather June 16-20 in Southern California. During that time, the team will scrimmage Russia's boys' youth national team and the roster will be trimmed to 12 players. The team will then compete in the U21 Pan American Cup July 12-20 in Costa Rica. Around Aug. 10, the team will reconvene at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train for the world championship in Turkey.
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