Lucas Yoder, Andy Benesh Sign With USC Men's Volleyball|
Nov. 15, 2012
Outside hitter Lucas Yoder of San Clemente (Calif.) High and middle blocker Andy Benesh of Palos Verdes (Calif.) High have signed letters of intent with the USC men's volleyball team and will join the Trojan program in the fall of 2013, USC head coach Bill Ferguson announced today.
"We're thrilled to sign both of these student-athletes," said Ferguson. "Lucas will remind many people of (former USC All-American) Tri Bourne with the way he plays. The game seems to come easy to him. He's a very fluid passer and a smart attacker. Andy has a real quick arm, he has excellent ball control for a big guy and he is a great blocker. Both of them are fierce competitors and are used to winning, and we feel they will continue that here at USC."
The 6-4 Yoder was a member of the 2012 USA Youth National Training team, the 2011 USA Future Select A2 team and the 2010 USA Future Select team. His 949 Volleyball Club team won a bronze medal at the 2012 USA Junior National Championship after placing fifth in 2011 and winning a silver in 2010. He made the 2012 Orange County Register All-Orange County second team.
Yoder has strong USC and volleyball roots. He is the son of the late Dave Yoder, a 4-year starting outside hitter at USC who was a member of 3 NCAA runner-up teams (1985-86-87) and who earned All-American second team honors in 1987 before a brief pro career in Europe and on the beach. His uncle, Bob, was a 1977 All-American who led the Trojans to the NCAA title that season and then as USC's head coach for eight seasons (1982-89) guided Troy to the 1988 NCAA championship. His cousin, Erin, is a senior defensive specialist on the USC women's team. His cousin, Paul, is a sophomore libero/outside hitter on the Trojan men's team. His cousin, Cory, was a 2011 All-American outside hitter at UC Irvine and was a member of the Anteaters' 2009 NCAA champions. His sister, Molly, is a sophomore libero on the UC Irvine women's volleyball team.
The 6-7 Benesh was a member of the 2012 USA Youth National Training team and the USA Youth A1 Beach National Training team. His Southern California Volleyball Club squad won a gold medal at the 2012 USA Junior National Championship and he made the 17 Open All-Tournament team. He also made the All-Tournament team at the 2012 USA High Performance Championship International Division. He earned 2012 All-Bay League first team and South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area first team honors.
USC has advanced to the NCAA Final Four 3 times in the past 4 years.