Andy Benesh To Compete In 2015 FIVB U21 World Championship In Mexico

    Andy Benesh
    Sept. 11, 2015

    USC junior middle blocker Andy Benesh will compete with his United States teammates at the 16-team 2015 FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship in Tijuana, Mexico, from Sept. 11 to 20.

    Earlier this summer, Benesh helped the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team take home the silver medal at the 2015 Under-21 Pan American Cup in Canada, thus qualifying for the World Championship.

    The tourney begins with pool play, then goes to bracket play. The U.S. starts pool play on Sept. 11 against Argentina at 8 p.m. ET, then faces Poland on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. PT and Russia on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. PT. The highest U.S. finish in the FIVB U21 World Championship was fourth place in 2011.

    The 6-8 Benesh, a 2-year starter at USC, has competed with the U.S. program for several years. He was a member of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 NORCECA Men's U-21 Continental Championship in El Salvador. He was a member of the 2012 USA Youth National Training team and the USA Youth A1 Beach National Training team. He made the All-Tournament team at the 2012 USA High Performance Championship International Division.

    This past 2015 season, Benesh led USC's regulars in hitting percentage (.394) and blocks (93) for the second consecutive year, while also getting 160 kills and 45 digs. He was named 2015 AVCA All-American honorable mention and All-MPSF honorable mention.

    As a 2014 freshman, he made the 2014 Off The Block Freshman All-American team and All-MPSF honorable mention, as well as the MPSF All-Freshman team, as he led USC's regulars in hitting percentage (.443, just shy of the rally scoring era school record of .446) and blocks (91), and he also had 190 kills and 60 digs.