Hometown: West Seneca, N.Y.
Birth year: 1987
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-9 (204cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86kg)
College: Penn State
Joined Team: 2008
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MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Olympic Games... FIVB World League (silver medal)... NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (gold medal). 2011 – FIVB World Cup…NORCECA Men's Continental Championship… London Volleyball International Invitational… FIVB World League. 2010 – FIVB World Championship.FIVB World League. 2009 – Brazil Tour... FIVB World League. 2008 – America's Cup... Pan American Cup (gold medal). 2007 – FIVB Men's Junior World Championship. 2006 – NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (silver medal). 2005 – Four Nation Tournament.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named USA Volleyball Male Indoor Player of the Year... Was the youngest player on the Men’s National Team and finished season as the team’s leading scorer with 393 points on a team-leading 326 kills, 42 blocks and 25 aces (second highest on team). Started 96 out of 97 sets. Hitting efficiency was .440. Credited with 103 digs (1.07 per set), third best on the team… Started all 21 sets of the Olympic Games and was the team’s leading scorer with 81 points on 69 kills (.390 hitting efficiency), six aces and six blocks. Tourney-high was 18 points (16 attacks, one block, one ace) scored in 3-2 loss to Russia. Finished eighth in kills among all Olympic players. Credited with 61 digs (2.9 per set)… Played in all 60 World League sets and was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 248 points on a team-leading 205 kills, 32 blocks and 11 aces. Fifth among all World League scorers at the end of pool play. Tourney-high was 21 points scored against Korea on June 16… Named “Best Spiker” at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 7-12 in Long Beach, Calif. Played in 15 out of 16 sets. Was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 64 points on 52 kills, four blocks, and eight aces. Hitting efficiency was 0.585. Scored a tourney-high 24 points against Cuba… During the winter of 2011-12, played for Casa Modena in Italy’s Serie A League. 2011 – Played in more sets than any other U.S. Men’s player in 2011 and was the team’s leading scorer with 493 points on 420 kills, 39 blocks and 34 aces. His kill percent for the season was 48.7 and his hitting efficiency was .414. He was third on the team in digs with 125… Played in 32 sets of the FIVB World Cup and was the team’s leading scorer with 158 points on 139 kills, five blocks and 14 aces. He was the team leader in attacks and fourth overall. His kill percent was 52.5 and his hitting efficiency was .479. The U.S. Men finished sixth… Was the team’s leading scorer at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship on Sept. 3-11 in Puerto Rico…Finished with 67 points on 57 kills, four blocks and six aces… His hitting efficiency was 0.468 and his kill percent was 52… Was the team’s second-leading scorer at the London Volleyball International Invitational on July 20-24 where the U.S. Men placed third. He finished with 58 points (3.87 per set) on 47 kills (3.13 per set), seven blocks (0.47 per set) and four aces (0.27 per set)… Started 52 sets of the 2011 FIVB World League for the U.S. Men and was the team’s leading scorer with 210 points (4.04 per set) on 177 kills (3.40 per set), 23 blocks (0.44 per set) and 10 aces (0.19 per set). The U.S. Men finished seventh at World League. The U.S. Men finished seventh at World League… During the winter of 2010-11, Matt played for Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia in Italy’s Serie A League. 2010 – Finished the season as the U.S. Men's fifth-leading scorer with 112 points and an average of 3.20 points per set. He had 94 kills on 235 attempts. He was third on the team in aces with eight (0.23 per set)... Played in four sets for the U.S. Men at the FIVB World Championship in Italy. Scored seven points on six kills and one ace. The U.S. Men placed sixth… Played in 31 sets of the FIVB World League where he tallied 83 kills (2.68 per set) and his 212 total attempts was third on the team. He ranked 31st among the League's best attackers and he finished third on the team with 3.06 points per set. He also totaled 95 points, 7 aces (0.14 per set) and 18 digs (0.37 per set). 2009 – Had a serious case of pneumonia during the 2009 summer season, but still finished sixth on the team in scoring with 71 points in 21 sets (3.38 points per set). He finished the 2009 season averaging 2.9 kills per set with a hitting percentage of 0.419. After returning from pneumonia, Started four out of five matches during the U.S. Men's Brazil Tour on Sept. 22-27. The U.S. Men - a group of veterans and newer players - did not win a match. Matt was the high scorer with 10 points in the team's final match in Brazil... Started five World League matches before falling ill with pneumonia and sitting out the rest of the tournament. He finished with 69 points on 58 kills, eight blocks and three aces (21 sets). He was the high scorer with 11 points in the team's victory on June 26 in China. The team went on to win its pool and finish sixth in the final round… During the winter of 2009, played for the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in Korea 2008 – Played on the U.S. Men's Team that traveled to Cuiaba, Brazil for the America's Cup in September. The team finished fifth. Scored 44 points on 39 kills and five blocks in three matches (13 sets)... Was a member of the U.S. Men's team that won gold at the 2008 Pan American Cup from June 2-7 in Winnipeg, Manitoba... He scored 29 points on 25 kills, two blocks and two aces during the tournament... Was a member of the U.S. Men's Training Team that traveled to Japan from May 17-25 to help prepare the Japanese National team for Olympic qualification. 2007 – Started at outside hitter for the Men's Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Rabat, Morocco... Recorded 91 total points for an average of 3.37 points per game, racked up 77 kills (2.85 kills per game) and added four aces, 10 blocks and 32 digs. 2006 – Was a member of the Men's Junior National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship and qualified for the 2007 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship. 2005 – Was a member of the U.S. Boys Youth National Team that competed at the Four Nation Tournament in Cabo Frio, Brazil.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Left Penn State after his junior year to play for the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers, a professional volleyball club in Korea… As a junior, was AVCA Co-Player of the Year with Paul Lotman of Long Beach State… Penn State won the NCAA National Championship with a victory over Pepperdine in the final... Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament... AVCA All-American first team... EIVA Player of the Year... First Team All-EIVA... Led the Nittany Lions with 5.64 kills per game on .390 hitting... A two-time EIVA Player of the Week... AVCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 11... Had 15 or more kills in a regular-season match on 18 occasions... Had at least one dig in every match and had 17 matches of four or more digs, also recorded a block in all but two contests. 2007 – AVCA Second Team All-America... First Team All-EIVA... EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team... Averaged 4.35 kills per game as an opposite... Added 33 service aces, good for second on the team and ninth on the all-time single-season chart... Provided 104 total digs and 69 total blocks, good for averages of 1.02 digs per game and 0.68 blocks per game... Set a new career high and Penn State rally-scoring-era record with 35 kills (on .452 hitting) in the five-game win at No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (3/12)... also set a new rally-scoring record for attacks in that match with 62... Produced 24 double-digit kill matches for the season... Had six matches of 20 or more kills and 14 contests of 15 or more kills. 2006 – Second Team All-East... Played in 91 games and all 30 matches... Averaged 2.21 kills per game, 0.16 service aces per game, 1.09 digs per game and 0.62 blocks per game... Matt was one of six Nittany Lions to record more than 200 kills for the season... led the team in kills on six occasions, including a career-high 17 versus Ohio State (2/10).
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Attended West Seneca West High School (N.Y.) and led the boys’ volleyball team to a 17-0 regular-season record during his senior season... Squad was the 2004 Division I champions and Matt served as team captain... Matt was a member of the Eden Volleyball Club in Eden, N.Y.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew John Anderson in 1987, in Buffalo, N.Y.... Mother is Nancy Anderson. Matthew's father, Michael Anderson, died in January 2010... Has three older sisters, Jennifer, Joelle and Amy and one older brother Joshua, one brother-in-law Rialdo, two nephews Aedan and Tristin and two nieces, Alexis and Juliana... Sister Joelle played volleyball at the College of Saint Rose... Sister Amy played volleyball and basketball at Hilbert College... Names Oasis as favorite musical entertainer, buffalo wings from Buffalo, N.Y., as favorite food, and Top Gun as favorite movie... Majored in kinesiology at Penn State.
Last updated October 2012