CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago junior Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) and former Rambler Thomas Jaeschke are part of the preliminary training roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team for FIVB World League competition this summer, according to the roster released today by USA Volleyball.
Jendryk, a two-time First Team All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) selection and three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, is one of only four collegiate players on the preliminary roster. The team will officially begin its summer training block on May 8 at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif.
A two-time All-American during his playing career at Loyola, Jaeschke led the Ramblers to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2014 and 2015 and last summer helped the U.S. Men’s National Team to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Jendryk just completed his junior season at Loyola and earlier this week was named American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-America, making him the first player in program history to be a first or second team All-American three times in his career. A First Team All-MIVA pick in 2017, Jendryk ranked fourth in the nation with a .431 hitting percentage and seventh with 1.16 blocks per set.
Fourteen players can be chosen from the 18-man roster for each World League weekend, as long as two of the players are designated liberos. World League play begins June 2 when the United States faces Serbia in Nova Sad, Serbia.
In addition to World League play, Jaeschke will also be part of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will host Brazil for two USAV Cup international matches on August 18 and 19 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Tickets for those matches are on sale now by visiting searscentre.com.