COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Thirteen college-aged beach players have been named to the 2021 U.S. Collegiate Beach National Team (BCNT). Among the list includes Vanguard's own Kyle Anema (JR/La Mirada, CA) who is one of three NAIA players to make the exclusive list.
All 13 men on the roster will attend a training block in Huntington Beach, Calif., on June 21-26. Training-block sessions will be led by Christian Hartford (Athletic Performance Coach, U.S. Beach National Team), Patty Dodd (Beach National Team Training Group Coach) and Mike Dodd (Olympic silver medalist) and will include presentations by Dr. Peter Haberl (Senior Sport Psychologist, USOPC), Shawn Hueglin (Senior Sport Dietitian, USOPC) and Chris Clements (Mentor Coach, USOPC).
"The Men's Beach Collegiate National Team is a well-deserved opportunity for Kyle to learn and grow as a volleyball player after investing so much time on developing his game in the sand over the past year," remarked head coach Brad Rostratter. "An opportunity to solely focus on his beach game will add some depth and perspective to his future in the sport. This is blessing from USA Volleyball to have them focus on developing talent on the Beach Volleyball side of the sport since USA Beach Volleyball has had so much success."
Danko Iordanov, head volleyball coach for the indoor and beach teams at the University of Saint Katherine (California) will serve as head coach of the men's BCNT squad and will be assisted by Hudson Bates, men's associate head coach at Ohio State.
In addition to Anema, the team includes Jonathan Bowles (UC Irvine), Tim Brewster (UCLA), Noah Dyer (Pepperdine), Ray Hart (St. Katherine), Heath Hughes (Grand Canyon), Kaleb Jenness (Ball State), Luke Lentin (Ohio State), Francesco Sani (UC Irvine), John Schwengel (Santa Monica College), Charlie Siragusa (UC San Diego), Grant Sloane (UCLA), and Tanner Woods (Jamestown).
He has two consecutive All-American First Team recognition as well as to earning GSAC Player of the Year in 2021. Last season, he was recognized as GSAC Newcomer of the Year and All-Conference. In total he has five GSAC Player of the Week Awards and two at the NAIA Level. Anema ranks fourth in the country in service aces per game (0.61) and kills per game (4.68), 12th in total service aces (36), 16th in total kills (276) and 21st in hitting percentage (.371). At the NAIA National Championships, Anema was second in total kills (55), third in kills per set (5.0), seventh in service reception percentage (0.972), 15th in digs (21), and 20th in hitting percentage (0.364).
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