Hometown: Westchester, Calif.
Birth Year: 1986
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-8 (205cm)
Weight: 205 (91kg)
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2011 – Pan American Games.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Made the preliminary roster for the FIVB World League… Played the winter of 2012-13 for AS Cannes in France’s top league. 2012 – Finished third among all blockers at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as the U.S. Men won the gold medal. Averaged .78 blocks per set. 2011 – Competed with the Pan American Games team that finished fifth in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2004 – Was a member of the Men’s Junior National Team. 2003 – Was a member of the U.S. Boys Youth National Team.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and graduated in 2005… Lettered one year in volleyball at Mira Costa under head coach Mike Cook... Was a first-team all-league and all-federation selection... Daily Breeze Player of the Year... He was named player of the year, best blocker, and best spiker.
COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 (Senior) – Started 28 of 29 matches at middle blocker… Averaged 2.17 kills and a team-leading 1.20 blocks per set, which ranked sixth in the MPSF… Led all UH starters with a .376 percentage on the year… Only the third player in school history to record 500 career kills and 400 blocks. 2009 (Junior) – Competed in 71 sets and started 19 of 22 matches… Averaged 1.37 kills and 1.17 blocks per set… Finished second on the team in total blocks with 83. 2008 (Sophomore) – Played in 57 games in 18 matches... Tallied 57 kills for a 1.33 kill average... Fourth on the team in total blocks with 77 for a 1.35 average... Ranked fifth in MPSF and 20th nationally in blocks. 2007 (Freshman) – Played 91 games in 27 matches, started 24... Tallied 142 kills for fifth best on team... Second on squad with 119 blocks... Averaged 1.31 blocks per game. 2006 – Redshirted.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew James Rawson in 1986 in Los Angeles to parents Michael and Dona Rawson... Matt has two brothers, Chris and Jonny, and a sister named Mallory... He began playing volleyball in 2002… He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2010 with a degree in American studies… Matt lists L&L Hawaiian BBQ as his favorite food… Game of Thrones is his favorite book… He loves all types of music and lists Sublime as his favorite musical group… Matt’s favorite movie is Team America … The Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and Kings are his favorite professional teams and Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete… He most admires his mother for “fighting off cancer while managing her own business and raising a family.”
Updated May 2013