USA Men’s U21 Team to Compete for Pan Am Cup in Cuba

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 2, 2023. – USA Volleyball has selected the 12 players who will represent the Unites States at the 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup on June 5-10 in Havana, Cuba.

 The 12-athlete team was selected from a roster of 20 at the end of a five-day training block in Anaheim, California.

 Six players on the roster return from the team that won gold at the 2022 Men’s U21 Pan American Cup in Havana and qualified for the 2023 World Championship: middle blocker Nyherowo Omene, outside hitters Dane Hillis, Trent Moser and Kyle Teune, opposite Shane Wetzel and setter Tyler Morgan.

Omene will serve as team captain.

Newcomers to the team are outside hitter Alex Rottman, opposite Theo Snoey, middles Owen Rose and Micah Wong Diallo, setter Gabe Dyer and libero Ryan Merk.

Long Beach State’s Andy Read, who led the 2022 Men’s U21 Team to Pan Am Cup gold, is the team’s head coach. His assistants will be Rory Prager of the University of Southern California and UC San Diego’s Taylor Hammond.

U.S. Roster for the 2023 Men’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup

No. Name (Position, Height, Birth year, Hometown, College, USAV Region)

1 Ryan Merk (L, 6-0, 2003, Chicago, Ill., Penn State, Great Lakes)

4 Dane Hillis (OH, 6-2, 2003, San Clemente, Calif., Long Beach State, Southern California)

7 Gabe Dyer (S, 6-5, 2003, San Clemente, Calif., UC San Diego, Southern California)

8 Kyle Teune (OH, 6-6, 2003, Downers Grove, Ill., Ohio State, Great Lakes)

10 Tyler Morgan (S, 6-7, 2003, Dike, Iowa, Lewis, Iowa)

13 Shane Wetzel (Opp, 6-7, 2004, Wekiwa Springs, Fla., Ohio State, Florida)

16 Nyherowo Omene (MB, 6-8, 2003, South Holland, Ill., Princeton, Great Lakes)

17 Trent Moser (OH, 6-8, 2003, Gilbert, Ariz., BYU, Arizona)

22 Owen Rose (MB, 6-8, 2003, Long Island, N.Y., Penn State, Garden Empire)

23 Alex Rottman (OH, 6-7, 2004, Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanford, Southern California)

24 Micah Wong Diallo (MB, 6-9, 2004, Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)

25 Theo Snoey (OH, 6-8, 2004, Berkeley, Calif., Stanford, Northern California)

Head Coach: Andy Read (Long Beach State)

Assistant Coach: Rory Prager (University of Southern California)

Assistant Coach: Taylor Hammond (UC San Diego)

Performance Analyst: Michael Bouril (Purdue)

ATC: Cherryl Bueno

Team Lead: Donovan Martinez (USAV NTDP)