| The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team will play Japan in the men's USA Volleyball Cup in August
COLORADO SPRINGS (July 10, 2013) – Part 2 of the USA Volleyball Cup will see the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team play three exhibition matches against Japan in August at three Southern California sites still to be announced.
The U.S. Men will play Japan on Aug. 14, 16 and 17. These matches come a month after the U.S. Women’s National Team plays three exhibition matches against their Japanese counterparts in the USA Volleyball Cup. Both teams train in Anaheim, Calif., at the American Sports Centers.
“I am excited for this chance to connect the U.S. Men’s National Team with Southern California,” said U.S. Men’s first-year Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles). “We view this as a chance to renew our relationship with our current fans, but also to make new ones.
“I’m glad we were able to work with Gary Sato and get these matches scheduled.”
The men’s USA Volleyball Cup will be Gary Sato’s first competitions in the United States as head coach of the Japanese Men’s Team. Sato has a long history with the U.S. Men’s Team, including most recently serving as its assistant coach for the 2009-12 Olympic quadrennial.
The U.S. Men last played international matches in Southern California when USA Volleyball hosted the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier in 2012 in Long Beach.
“When people think volleyball, they think Southern California, so we will have a lot of fans attend, I hope,” U.S. Team Captain Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) said. “It can do nothing but help create publicity for our sport.”
The men’s USA Volleyball Cup will also help the U.S. Men’s team prepare for the NORCECA Continental Championships on Sept. 21-29 in Langley, Canada.
Currently, the U.S. Men’s National Team is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil preparing for its final weekend of FIVB World League pool play in which it will play Brazil at 9:50 a.m. local time on July 13 and 9:35 a.m. local time on July 14.