Christian Phung, a 6-0 libero from Aldie, Virginia, has signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play for the North Greenville University men’s volleyball team for the 2018-2019 season.
Phung attends John Champe High School in Aldie, VA, which is west of the Washington D.C. area in Northern Virginia. His school does not sponsor boys’ volleyball, so he managed all of the girls’ teams at his high school all four years. Probably one of the most experienced liberos in the 2018 recruiting class; he has competed in six Boys Junior National Tournaments, and will compete during the 2018 season for the Carolina Union Volleyball Club under the direction of Coach Dylan Mulkey.
An unassuming and devoted young man, Christian is also one of the most successful beach volleyball players on the East Coast. He has participated in USA Volleyball Future Select and High Performance Beach and Indoor camps in Colorado Springs, CO, Hermosa Beach, CA and at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA since the year 2012. He was also part of the USA Boys Youth National A3 Indoor Training Program in Las Vegas, NV in 2016.
Probably the biggest ‘feather’ in his proverbial cap is going undefeated for three days and winning the 2017 USAV Beach High Performance Eastern Zonal Championship with his partner this year.
He also has spent the last year training with Personal Trainer Lemar Marshal, who is a former NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and played college football at Michigan State. He works with him twice a week on strength conditioning & training.
“Coach Mulkey contacted me about Christian a few months ago, and within three minutes of seeing his video, I told myself ‘I’ve got to get this guy,’” said NGU Head Coach Dr. Fred Battenfield. “Just from watching him play for a short period of time, it was readily apparent to me that Christian is a very special talent playing a position I’ve gained a lot of respect for. “He is lightning quick, fearless on defense, and has very good touch passing and setting. However, during his tryout, his father mentioned to me, ‘yes, he can swing too.’ Indeed, he can! He comes from an amazing family with which I developed an instant rapport, and I really believe he’ll be digging a lot of balls at North Greenville University in the very near future.”
Christian is the son of Tu Phung and Sheri Smith, and he has four siblings, Kara Anna Morrison (Ty Morrison), who graduated from Baylor, Courtney Bethine Phung, who graduated from Marymount University, Andrea LaNore Phung, who is a recent graduate of West Virginia University, and Brandon Michael Phung, who is a fifth grader at Arcola Elementary School. He is undecided on a university major at this point.