Pac6 Athletes on the move!
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Marcus Partain (L) and brother Miles commit to UCLA!
Marcus Partain (class of 2019) and Miles Partain (class of 2020) have both committed to study and play volleyball at UCLA. They are grateful and excited to play for and learn from the excellent coaching staff at UCLA, and to have the opportunity to compete at the highest collegiate level.Marcus was a setter on the first Pac6 volleyball team (Pac6 16s). Miles joined the Pac6 17s team last year and played with Marcus on that team. Miles is a member of the current Pac6 17s team this year. All three teams competed in the Open Division of the BJNC.
Alex Knight, Class of 2019, is excited to annouce that he has committed to play volleyball at UCLA. Being a Bruin has been a goal since he was young. Both of his parents are Bruins and his older sister is a UCLA junior. Alex is eager to play for coach Speraw and receive a high quality education at UCLA. Go Bruins!
Pac6 Justin Howard Commits to Ohio State!
Justin Howard, Class of 2019, is thrilled to announce that he has committed to play volleyball at the Ohio State University. Justin is excited to go to the Big 10 conference and become a student athlete at Ohio State. Ohio State has become one of the premiere NCAA Division 1 Men's Volleyball programs in the United States. Ohio State won two back to back National championships in 2016 and 2017, and made it to the semi-finals in 2018. Ohio State is starting to get a steady influx of quality players from the Southern California area.
Justin is proud to be a founding member of the Pac6 Volleyball Club. Over the last two years with the club he has grown as a player and person. He has made many new friends and has been surrounded by strong coaches and wonderful families. Justin looks forward to the upcoming Junior National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona
Pac6 PLAYERS PLAY FOR TEAM USA
Congratulations Akhil and Alex!
USA Volleyball recently announced the roster for the 2018 U19 Boys’ Youth National Training Team. Pac6 players Akhil Tangutur (OH) and Alex Knight (OH) received invitations. Twenty players from around the country gathered at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for 10 days of intense practice. After the last night of training the coaches trimmed the team down from 20 to 12 players that would ultimately make up the 2018 U19 Boys’ Youth National Team (BYNT). Akhil and Alex were privileged to make the final roster of 12. They spent a few more days in Colorado before departing for the 2018 U19 NORCECA Championships held in San Jose Costa Rica.
The NORCECA Championships included teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean with the top two finishers earning berths to the 2019 U19 World Championships. Putting on the USA jersey and representing America was a tremendous honor for the boys. Team USA defeated Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, which set up a showdown with Puerto Rico in the semi-finals. With a berth to the world championships on the line, the boys raised their game winning 3-0. With the victory, the team faced Cuba for the NORCECA gold medal. The boys fell to a skilled and athletic Cuban team and came home with the Silver medal. They look forward to seeing them again at next year’s world championships. Teams like Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic along with Cuba and United States have already earned a berth to the 20-team field.
Alex and Akhil were some of the top performers at the NORCECA Championships. Alex was ranked 4th in tournament scoring with 49 points while Akhil was ranked 9th scoring 43 points. Both boys were instrumental in helping team USA excel.
Amidst the competition, both Akhil and Alex enjoyed making new friendships with players from their own team and from a variety of countries. All the teams stayed at the same hotel so developing friendships was easy. Congratulations to Akhil and Alex, Pac6 and Team USA!
We look forward to cheering you on at the World Championships next summer.
For more information on the US Boys Youth National Team Click here.