U.S. Men Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach John Speraw has finalized his 25-player roster for the fast-approaching 2019 Volleyball Nations League tournament. 

Watch the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League LIVE on FloVolleyball

Featured in the group is a returning core of veteran players who made major contributions to 2018’s bronze-medal performances at VNL and World Championships, but there are also some notable young players making their first senior team roster for a major tournament.

Kyle Dagostino, who just finished up his eligibility at Stanford this spring, and Larry Tuileta, a 2018 University of Hawaii grad, will provide depth in the libero position, joining established starter Erik Shoji and national team vet Dustin Watten.

Speraw also brings in some new blood in the setting position with Josh Tuaniga, fresh off winning his second consecutive NCAA title with Long Beach State, and Michael Saeta. Saeta, a 25-year-old UC Irvine alum, played for Chaumont in the French league this pro season, helping his team, which Team USA middle Taylor Averill, reach the league championship series.

Kyle Russell, a two-time NCAA national champion at UC Irvine, played on the 2018 Pan Am Cup team, but has been included on the 2019 VNL roster following a great professional season with Berlin Recycling Volleys. The 6-9 opposite, along with fellow Team USA players Watten, Ben Patch, and Jeff Jendryk, helped Berlin win the 2019 Bundesliga title.

The 2019 VNL roster marks the official return of Thomas Jaeschke to the national team ranks after he tore his ACL during VNL last summer. Thirty-one-year-old outside hitter Garrett Muagututia also rejoins the senior squad after not being included on a Team USA roster since the 2017 World League.

VNL kicks off on May 31 for the men, with Team USA traveling to Katowice, Poland, where it will face archrivals Brazil, reigning World Champ Poland, and spunky upstart Australia. Each week, Speraw will chose a group of 14 players from this 25-man roster to travel to each pool location.

Watch every match of the 2019 Volleyball Nations League live, right here on FloVolleyball.

U.S. Men’s National Team 25-Player Roster for FIVB Nations League

# - Player (Position, Height, College, Hometown)

1 - Matt Anderson (OPP/OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)

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

3C - Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)

4 - Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)

5 - Kyle Ensing (OPP, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)

6 - Mitch Stahl (MB, 6-8, Chambersburg, Pa., UCLA)

7 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

8 - Torey (TJ) DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

9 - Jake Langlois (OH, 6-10, San Jose, Calif., BYU)

10 - Dan McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Phoenix, Ariz., UC Irvine)

11 - Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)

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

13 - Ben Patch (OPP, 6-8, Provo, Utah, BYU)

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

16 - Joshua Tuaniga (S, 6-3, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

17 - Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola)

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

19 - Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Hawaii)

20 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

21 - Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State) 

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

23 - Larry Tuileta Jr. (L, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaii)

24 - Kyle Dagostino (L, 5-9, Tampa, Fla., Stanford)

25 - Kyle Russell (OH, 6-9, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine)

26 - Michael Saeta (S, 6-5, Pasadena, Calif., UC Irvine)

If I Were Karch Kiraly, This Would Be My Final Six Roster


In the next week or so, USA head coach Karch Kiraly faces the difficult task of determining which 14 players from what is perhaps the world’s deepest pool of talent to bring with him to Nanjing, China, for the Volleyball Nations League Final Round, where the USA will seek to defend its 2018 title.

USA Welcomes Back Key Vets, Wins Pair On Home Soil

United States vs Canada | Men's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Playing at home in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the U.S. men’s national team finished Week 4 of the 2019 Volleyball Nations League with two wins and a loss and celebrated the season debuts of two veteran players. 

USA Punches Ticket To Final Six During Perfect Week

Thailand vs United States | Women's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

In the final week of Volleyball Nations League preliminary play, the U.S. women’s national team collected three victories.

Trio Of College Stars Have Shined For Team USA


When Karch Kiraly announced his 25-player roster for the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, three names—Jordan Thompson, Mary Lake, and Dana Rettke—stood out from the other, more familiar players on the list, for one very notable reason: the trio has not yet completed their college eligibility.

USA Men Roll Through France, Head Home On Four-Game Win Streak

Kawika Shoji's Role Has Evolved Into 'Leader'

Just in time to return home and play in front of U.S. fans, the USA men were able to sustain a high level of performance. After managing just two wins in the first six matches, the Americans won all three matches in Week 3’s action in Cannes, France, to head into Hoffman Estates this weekend on a four-match win streak. 

Bolstered By Perfomance vs. China, USA Enters Week 5 On A Mission

Bartsch-Hackley's Top Plays vs. China

Last week, things really seemed to click for Team USA against China. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Argentina Men's National Team

It’s the dawn of a new era for Argentina’s men’s volleyball team. A new coach is at the helm and FIVB VNL 2019 will be the first test. It’s also the world’s first real opportunity to see what Argentina is all about and in which direction the team is going.

After Loss To Turkey, U.S. Rebounds Emphatically In China

Top 5 Plays From USA vs. China

It didn’t start the way they would have liked, but Week 4 of Volleyball Nations League proved to be a solid one for the U.S. women as they scored two valuable wins over Poland and China after being swept by Turkey.

More Ways To Watch FloVolleyball

Never miss a moment. 

Week 3 Preview: It's About More Than Wins & Losses For USA Men

Kawika Shoji's Role Has Evolved Into 'Leader'

The U.S. Men’s National Team enters Week 3 of the 2019 Volleyball Nations League with a 2-4 record, sitting ninth in the standings. However, with a spot in the Final Six already secured as the host team, USA’s accomplishments can be measured in something other than wins and losses.