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New Venue, Roster Announced for USAV Cup

By BJ Evans | Aug. 05, 2014, 6:32 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2014) – The USA Volleyball Cup, four exhibition matches between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Iran, has added the Bren Center at the University of California at Irvine as one of its stops.

From left, Carson Clark, Futi Tavana and Reid Priddy block against Dominican Republic
  The U.S. Men will play Iran at four So Cal sites.

The match at the Bren Center on Aug. 16 will replace Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, which could not be used after a water main break flooded the facility.

The match between the U.S. Men and Iran at the Bren Center will begin at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

USA Volleyball has also announced the 14-person roster for the first match against Iran at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.

The roster includes four alums of the Trojans men’s volleyball program: Setters Micah Christenson and Riley McKibbin, opposite Murphy Troy and outside hitter Tony Ciarelli. It also includes three 2012 Olympians: Outside hitter Matt Anderson and middle blockers Russell Holmes and David Smith.

The four matches will help both teams prepare for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship on Aug. 30-Sept. 21 in Poland.

The U.S. Men are ranked No. 4 in the world and won the FIVB World League championship in July.

Iran, which advanced to the World League Final Round where it defeated No. 1 ranked Brazil, is ranked No. 11, but is on the move. Iran is the two time Asian zonal champion

On Aug. 9, the two teams will play at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. (Get tickets)

On Aug. 13, they will play at 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Get tickets)

On Aug. 15, the teams will square off at 7 p.m. at San Diego State University. (Ticketmaster or SDSU ticket site)

The U.S. Men lost to Iran at the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup, but then defeated it in the 2014 World League Final Round. The United States has a 3-1 record against Iran since 1980.

In 2013, Iran made its debut in the FIVB World League and finished ninth. It took victories over Serbia, Italy, Germany and Cuba.

U.S. Roster for Aug. 9 Match at the Galen Center

1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State)
4 Dustin Watten  (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10 Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
11 Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, USC)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
14 Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
15 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 Riley McKibbin (S, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, USC)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawaii)
20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21 Nick Vogel (MB, 6-9, San Diego, Calif., UCLA)

Head Coach: John Speraw
Team Manager: Andrea Becker
Assistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer and Mike Wall
Technical Coordinator: Anton Willert
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

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