Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Birth Year: 1987
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-10 (205 cm)
Weight: 198 (90 kg)
College: Penn State
Joined Team: 2009
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – FIVB Grand Champions Cup... NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League. 2012 – FIVB World League (Silver Medal). 2011 – FIVB World Cup... NORCECA Men's Continental Championship (Silver Medal)... London Volleyball International Invitational (Bronze Medal)… FIVB World League. 2010 – FIVB World Championship. FIVB World League. 2009 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2007 – FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (7th). 2006 – NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (Silver Medal). 2005 – Four Nations Tournament.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Named USAV's Male Indoor Most Improved Player... Finished the season as the U.S. Men’s second-leading scorer (177 points; 3.05 points per set) and leading blocker (54 blocks; .93 blocks per set)... Named No. 1 blocker on the all-star team at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup after finishing with 17 blocks (.85 blocks per set)... Played in 10 sets of the NORCECA Continental Championship and scored 33 points on 24 kills, seven blocks and one ace... Was the team's leading blocker at World League with 27 blocks in 28 sets... Played during the winter of 2012-13 in Italy's Serie A league for Copra Elior Piacenza, which won the CEV Challenge Cup. 2012 – Was an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team. 2011 – Finished the season with 76 points on 49 kills, seven blocks and six aces in 39 sets played… Played in nine sets of the FIVB World Cup and finished with nine points on five attacks and four blocks… Started 15 out of 18 sets at the NORCECA Championship... Second on the U.S. team and among all players in blocks with 13... Finished with 40 points on 24 kills, 13 blocks and three aces... Started 11 sets of the London Volleyball International Invitational. He finished with 23 points (2.09 per set) on 16 kills (1.45 per set), four blocks (0.36 per set) and three aces (0.27 per set)... Played for Copra Morpho Piacenza in Italy's Serie A league during the winter of 2010-11. 2010 – Played in 41 sets for the U.S. Men, finishing with 57 points on 41 kills (0.372 hitting percentage), 13 blocks (0.32 blocks per set) and three aces (.07 aces per set)... Appeared in 22 sets and started 21 at the FIVB World Championship. Finished the tournament with 37 points on 28 kills, eight blocks and one ace. Averaged 0.24 blocks per set... Appeared in 19 sets during the FIVB World League. Tallied 10 kills (0.53 per set), two stuff blocks (0.04 per set) and two service aces (0.04 per set). Finished the League with 14 total points (0.74). Played for Bluvolley Verona in Italy’s Serie A League during the winter of 2009-10. 2009 – Played on the Pan American Cup team that won the gold medal in Chiapas, Mexico… Started all four matches and played 16 sets… Finished with 56 points on 41 kills, 10 blocks and 5 aces. 2007 – Was a starting middle blocker for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. 2006 – Was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Monterrey, Mexico… Was named the tournament’s Best Blocker.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 (Senior) – AVCA First Team All American as Penn State advanced to the NCAA Championship match where it lost to USC… Named the 2009 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Player of the Year and was on the EIVA All-East First Team… Ranked first in the nation in aces per game and hitting percentage. 2008 (Junior) – AVCA First Team All-American... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team... First Team All-EIVA... EIVA All-Championship Team... Recorded 318 kills, 48 service aces, 41 digs and 130 total blocks... Averaged 3.18 kills per game on .548 hitting, good for first on the team, in the nation and second on Penn State's single-season hitting percentage record list. 2007 (Sophomore) – First Team All-EIVA... EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team... Played in every game of the season, averaging 2.71 kills per game on .447 hitting, good for 12th on the Penn State single-season hitting percentage list. 2006 (Freshman) – First Team All-East... EIVA All-Championship team... played in all 30 matches and 108 games... Averaged 2.17 kills per game on .415 hitting (15th in the nation) with 0.23 service aces per game, 0.44 digs per game and 1.19 blocks per game... Led the team with 129 total blocks, good for 13th on Penn State's single-season record list.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: A six-time letterwinner (four in volleyball and two in soccer) for Purcell Marian (Ohio) High School... Named the Ohio Player of the Year following senior season in 2005... First team all-state as a junior and third team all-region as a sophomore... Played for the Cincinnati Attack club team... Squad was Flight 1 champions at the 2004 Junior National Championship
PERSONAL: Born Maxwell Philip Holt in 1987 in Cincinnati, Ohio... Parents are Kim and Angie Holt... Has two older siblings, Megan and Nick, and a younger brother, Sam, who also played volleyball... Max names Ben Harper as favorite musical entertainer, history as favorite school subject, the Cincinnati Bengals as favorite pro sports team and Chad Johnson as favorite athlete... Graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in journalism.
Updated in January 2014