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Ex-Oiler DeFalco gaining experience with Team USA in World League

Ex-Oiler DeFalco gaining experience with Team USA in World League

Like many incoming college juniors, T.J. DeFalco is spending his summer abroad. But there is nothing touristy about his itinerary.

Instead, the former Huntington Beach High standout is representing the U.S. national men’s volleyball team in the final round of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball World League tournament in Curitiba, Brazil.

Still a teenager (he turns 20 in October), the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Assn. National Collegiate Player of the Year is the youngest member of Team USA, which plays either France or Serbia in a semifinal match on Friday.

And while much of the experience of competing at the highest level his sport has to offer is...

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