Hometown: West Seneca, N.Y.
Birth year: 1987
Position: Outside Hitter/Opposite
Height: 6-9 (204cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86kg)
College: Penn State
Joined Team: 2008
- Named MVP of the 2015 FIVB World Cup as the U.S. Men won the tournament and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
- Four-time USAV Male Indoor Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Was 2008 AVCA Co-Player of the Year with Paul Lotman of Long Beach State after leading Penn State to the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship and being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player
- Left college following his junior year to play professionally with the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in Korea
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| Matt Anderson attacks during the 2014 USAV Cup.
- At 25, was the youngest player on the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team
- Has been the U.S. Men’s leading scorer every season since 2011
- Named Best Outside Hitter at the 2015 NORCECA Champions Cup
- Was moved from left-side outside hitter to opposite (right side) in 2013 and has started there the majority of the time ever since
- Led all scorers during pool play of the 2014 World League as the U.S. Men took the gold medal in the Final Round
- Named MVP of the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship and also named to All-Star Team
- Led all players in scoring at the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup (104 points on 93 kills, five blocks and six aces).
- Named “Best Spiker” at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament. Played in 15 out of 16 sets. Was the team’s leading scorer with 64 points (52 kills, four blocks, and eight aces)
- Had a serious case of pneumonia during the 2009 summer season that left him hospitalized for 14 days
- Has played for Russia's Zenit Kazan each winter since 2012
- Has played professionally in Russia, Italy and Korea
- Jumped 12 feet, 3 inches during a 2013 test of his vertical leap
- Started at outside hitter for the 2007 Men's Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Rabat, Morocco
- Was a member of the 2006 Men's Junior National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship
- Was a member of the 2005 U.S. Boys Youth National Team that competed at the Four Nation Tournament in Cabo Frio, Brazil
- 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. Also played for the Eden Volleyball Club in New York
- Mother is Nancy Anderson. Father, Michael Anderson, died in January 2010. Has three older sisters, Jennifer, Joelle and Amy and one older brother Joshua
- Has a tattoo on his wrist in honor of his nephew Tristin, who is autistic. Also had a tattoo in honor of his late father
THE BIG BLURB
"So here’s a guy who is one of the best outside hitters in the world and we’re asking him to move away from his comfort zone (from outside hitter to opposite). His willingness to embrace that really speaks to his character and commitment to the team. If your best player is willing to sacrifice his own self-interest for the betterment of the team, that speaks wonderfully to the lessons he’s teaching to the younger players." – U.S. Men's Head Coach John Speraw in The Buffalo News
“I still think I have a lot to improve on, personally. But I’m definitely not the young guy on the team anymore. We have guys who are still in college playing with us. But I’m embracing the role. I like it. I’m in the middle, so I can relate to a lot of the veterans on the team, and I can relate to the young guys. So I feel I can bridge the gap a little bit and be a central piece of that.” – Matt Anderson in The Buffalo News
Volleyball star Anderson primed for great things – The Buffalo News
Anderson’s devotion skin deep – Orange County Register
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