Will Phelan, a 2019 Saegertown graduate and current Juniata College outside hitter, has been selected to play on the USA D-3 Volleyball tour in Brazil next week.
Phelan will join nine other men’s Division III volleyball players and one women’s team for a week on a tour June 13-22.
“This is an exceptional group of young men and women,” Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours and Events said in a press release. “Many of the players on this year’s USA/Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams in post-season games. This tour is designed to expose players to a great volleyball experience while providing a unique opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth.
Teams will begin with an orientation session in Orlando, Florida on June 13 before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Once in Brazil, the teams will train and have camps in the cities of Jundiai and Campinas before flying to Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. On Friday the teams will play against Tijuca. On June 20, they will participate in the Marina Barra Clube, an international challenge tournament, in the Barra district of Rio.
During their stay in Brazil, the teams will discover the educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through visits to cities, schools and sports clubs. While in Rio, the team will stay at the famous Copacabana Beach and visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Phelan is coming off a junior campaign at Juniata College in which he was named third team all-region Continental Volleyball conference team. He was tenth in the CVC in kills with 227 and 10th in total runs at 259. He was ninth in hit percentage at .306 and ninth in digs with 135.
As a senior at Saegertown, Phelan was named to the All-State Team, District 10 All-Region First Team, and was District 10 Region 1 Player of the Year. He has collected 282 eliminations and maintained a percentage of .405. for the Panthers. He was also the team leader for aces (32), blocks (37) and digs (136).