COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Buckeyes have been selected to the U.S. Men’s U21 National Training Team as announced by USA Volleyball this week. Hudson Bates, the Buckeyes’ associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, will serve as the assistant coach for the training team while rising sophomore Kyle Teune and newcomers Shane Wetzel and Niko Williams made the roster. Ohio State had the second-most student-athletes make the roster out of all the schools represented.
The 21 members of the U.S. Men’s U21 National Training Team will participate in a training camp from Sept. 9-17 in Anaheim, California. Following the conclusion of training camp, 12 will be selected to compete at the 2022 U21 Men’s Pan American Cup in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 18-26.
Teune previously earned a spot on the 2021 Boys U19 National Training Team. The outside hitter appeared in 21 matches and 48 sets during his freshman season this spring, contributing on all areas of the court.
Wetzel was recently named among the Fab 50 men’s volleyball players nationally, according to VolleyballMag.com. The Altamonte Springs, Fla. native was also named the No. 4 ranked recruit on the list. Wetzel attended Lake Mary High School, where he earned four letters as an opposite hitter and was an all-conference performer.
Williams, a Poway, Calif. native, was also named among the Fab 50 men’s volleyball players nationally. He led Poway High School to win the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division Championship and the Palomar League Championship. Williams was dubbed CIF Player of the Year and earned a spot on the first team for all-conference and all-league honors.