ANAHEIM, Calif. – Former University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball standout Taylor Averill was picked to the 12-member United States team, which will compete at the NORCECA Men’s Pan American Cup in Mexico City.
The Pan American Cup runs May 21-26 and will also include teams from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico.
Averill was a member of the U.S. men’s team that competed in the 2015 Pan American Games. He is one of three middle blockers on the team along with Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kris Johnson (Long Beach, Calif.)
The team is coached by Ron Larsen, a two-time Olympic assistant coach and current head coach at Concordia University Irvine.
Averill is no newcomer to USA Volleyball having competed on the Men’s Junior National Training team in 2010. He also played on the U.S. Youth National Training Team and was a member of the 2009 Boys’ Youth A2 Team and High Performance A2 team.
A two-time first-team AVCA All-American, Averill was a four-year letterman, who led the Rainbow Warriors to an NCAA Tournament appearance as a senior in 2015. He finished his career with a.419 hitting percentage, fifth-best in program history, and 406 total blocks, which is fourth-best.
Averill and the U.S. will open pool play against Chile, May 21 and will also compete against Dominican Republic, May 23.