USA Volleyball Announces Men’s Team for Paris 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 10, 2024. – USA Volleyball is proud to announce the athletes and staff who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The athlete roster includes nine players with Olympic experience and three newcomers who will compete at the Paris Games, which run July 26-August 11.

Opposite Matt Anderson and middle blocker David Smith will compete in their fourth Olympic Games. Each athlete made his Olympic debut at London 2012 and earned a bronze medal at Rio 2016.

Setter Micah Christenson, middle blocker Max Holt, outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and libero Erik Shoji have each made a third Olympic roster. Each also has a bronze medal from Rio 2016.

Outside hitters T.J. DeFalco, Aaron Russell and Garrett Muagututia will each compete in a second Olympics. Russell won a bronze medal in Rio but did not compete at Tokyo 2020. DeFalco and Muagututia made their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.

Middle blockers Taylor Averill and Jeff Jendryk, and setter Micah Ma’a will make their Olympic debuts in Paris.

Opposite Kyle Ensing, a 2020 Olympian, will be the team’s official alternate athlete, a new position for 2024. The official alternate is a non-competing athlete who may serve as a last-minute replacement if a player is unable to compete due to injury or illness. In that event, the replaced athlete would not be allowed to compete for the remainder of the competition.

“One of the hardest parts about coaching this team is naming the final 12 athletes who will play at the Olympics,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Speraw said. “We travel 14 players to every single tournament during a quad. To narrow it down to 12 is always such a challenge.

“It’s such a tough decision because we have so many talented, hard-working, high-character athletes who have been great teammates and represented the United States very well. Ultimately, we decided that this was the best 12 to go compete for us in Paris.

 “Choosing the team now allows us to manage a veteran team and the grind of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) travel to ensure we have a good balance between training, recovery and competition to prepare ourselves for the Games.

“It’s an incredible honor to coach these men. I’ve known all of them for a long time. I have such a high degree of trust in their ability to play the game and respect for how they compete and represent the United States. I know how special this experience is and I’m grateful to these 12 men and to all the athletes who have given their best toward this Olympic effort.”

Speraw will serve as head coach of his third Olympic team after leading the U.S. Men in Rio, where they took the bronze medal, and Tokyo. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Team that won gold at the Beijing 2008 Games, and for the London 2012 team.

Speraw is also the head coach of the UCLA men’s volleyball team and won his second straight NCAA championship on May 5.

Speraw’s assistant coaches are Matt Fuerbringer, Javier Weber and Michael Wall.

The U.S.  Men are ranked No. 2 in the world. The team has competed in 12 Olympic Games, including the last 10, and has won three Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988 and 2008) and two bronze medals (1992 and 2016).

The men’s Olympic competition schedule and pools will be revealed at the conclusion of the 2024 Volleyball Nations League Final Round, which ends on June 30. The U.S. Men will begin play in the Volleyball Nations League on May 22.

Indoor volleyball at the 2024 Olympic Games will take place at South Paris Arena 1.

U.S. Men’s Roster for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

No. Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College, USAV Region)

1 Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State, Western Empire)

2 Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State, Chesapeake)

4 Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)

8 T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)

11 Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Southern California, Aloha)

12 Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State, Ohio Valley)

14 Micah Ma’a (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA, Aloha)

17 Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)

18 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)

19 Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii, Northern California)

20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., Univ. of California Irvine, Southern California)

22 Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ., Aloha)

Official Alternate: 5 Kyle Ensing (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State Univ.,

Head Coach: John Speraw Southern California)

Assistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer, Javier Weber and Mike Wall

Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

Performance Analyst and Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo

Team Leader: Erik Sullivan

Mental Performance Coaches: Andrea Becker and Peter Naschak

Technical Coordinator: David Dantes

Team Doctor: Lori Boyajian-O’Neill