Ben Patch announced as a member of the Men's Junior Training Team

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes on April 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Updated: April 30, 2013 3:47 pm

USA Volleyball has announced the 22 players that will comprise the 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Training Team.

From the roster of 22, 12 players will be chosen to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship as well as the U21 Pan American Cup.

Eleven of the players on the training team, including Patch, were part of the 2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs. Patch was named the tournament MVP.

The 2013 FIVB Men’s U21 World Championships will be Aug. 22-Sept. 1 in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey. The World Championship competition for athletes born in 1993 or later will be much fiercer than at the 2012 NORCECA Championship, where the U.S. Men’s Junior Team won the gold medal having lost only one set in five matches against regional opponents.

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team will first gather on 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 on 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.

For the complete release, visit teamusa.org.