COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2013) – USA Volleyball has announced its 22-player roster for the 2013 FIVB World League.
The World League is the premier annual men’s international volleyball tournament, where 18 teams from around the world compete over seven weeks of pool play in hopes of advancing to the Final Round on July 17-21 in Mar del Plata, Argentina and the chance to win $1 million.
| David Lee holds up the second place trophy at the 2012 FIVB
World League trophy ceremony as Paul Lotman, left, and David
Smith, right, watch.
Each weekend, 12 players from the 22-player roster will be selected to play in two World League matches.
John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.), first year head coach of the U.S. Men’s National volleyball Team, said he wants to put the focus on newer players early in the quadrennial leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“As I’ve observed teams such as Russia, Poland and Italy develop over the last couple quads, the most successful teams are those that have taken a look at young talent early in the quad,” Speraw said. “They are not afraid to look at young players under pressure circumstances.
“As we project four years down the road, we know we would like still have the contributions of proven veterans such as Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley, who aren’t on the World League roster this year. But veterans have to learn how to manage their training over the next four years so they can peak at the right time.”
Seven players on the 22-man roster return from the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team that took silver at the FIVB World League and finished fifth at the Olympic Games: Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.), Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and David Smith (Saugus, Calif.). Lee and Lambourne also played on the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team that won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
Evan Patak (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Alfee Reft (Honolulu, Hawaii) have all been on rosters for major U.S. Men’s National Team events including the FIVB World League, the FIVB World Championships and the NORCECA Continental Championships.
The 11 other players on the roster have all competed on a U.S. Men’s National Team for a Pan American Cup, a Pan American Games or as part of the Junior National Team.
“I think the strength of this World League team is in their team chemistry,” Speraw said. “They have played together on youth and junior national teams and at the university level. They have a great deal of camaraderie. I think it will help us mitigate some of the lack of experience.”
The U.S. Men, ranked fifth in the world, won the World League in 2008, finished second in 2012 and finished third in 2007 and 1992.
In the 2013 world League, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will host Argentina on June 7-8 in Wichita at Charles Koch Arena; France on June 14-15 in Tulsa at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena and Bulgaria on June 28-29 in Reno at the Reno Events Center.
The team will then travel to Poland for matches on July 5 and 7 and to Brazil for their final pool play matches on July 13-14.
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No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2. Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5. Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8. Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10. Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
11. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Hawaii)
14. Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
15. Carson Clark (Opp, 6-8, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
19. Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawaii)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21. Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
Head Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Team Manager: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Physiotherapist/Athletic trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Technical Coordinator: Anton Willert (Berlin, Germany)
Doctor: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.)