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Matt Anderson

Volleyball

Matt Anderson
  • 2012
Matt Anderson

Hometown: West Seneca, N.Y.
Birth year: 1987
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-9 (204cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86kg)
College: Penn State
Joined Team: 2008

MOST NOTEABLE

  • At 25, was the youngest player on the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team
  • Two-time USAV Male Indoor Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
  • Was 2008 AVCA Co-Player of the Year with Paul Lotman of Long Beach State after leading Penn State to the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship and being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player
  • Left college following his junior year to play professionally with the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in Korea

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Has been the U.S. Men’s leading scorer every season since 2011
  • Named MVP of the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship and also named to All-Star Team
  • Played at the opposite position in the final of the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship and at the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup
  • Led all players in scoring at the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup (104 points on 93 kills, five blocks and six aces).
  • Named “Best Spiker” at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament. Played in 15 out of 16 sets. Was the team’s leading scorer with 64 points (52 kills, four blocks, and eight aces)
  • Had a serious case of pneumonia during the 2009 summer season that left him hospitalized for 14 days
  • Has played professionally in Russia, Italy and Korea
  • Jumped 12 feet, 3 inches during a 2013 test of his vertical leap
  • Started at outside hitter for the 2007 Men's Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Rabat, Morocco
  • Was a member of the 2006 Men's Junior National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship
  • Was a member of the 2005 U.S. Boys Youth National Team that competed at the Four Nation Tournament in Cabo Frio, Brazil
  • Attended West Seneca West High School (N.Y.) and led the boys’ volleyball team to a 17-0 regular-season record during his senior season. Also played for the Eden Volleyball Club in New York
  • Mother is Nancy Anderson. Father, Michael Anderson, died in January 2010. Has three older sisters, Jennifer, Joelle and Amy and one older brother Joshua
  • Has a tattoo on his wrist in honor of his nephew Tristin, who is autistic. Also had a tattoo in honor of his late father

THE BIG BLURB
"He battled his way onto the court. The last two years he's had some really big matches. He's got a world of talent and he's an incredibly hard-working kid." – Former U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe in a 2012 Orange County Register article about Matt Anderson

THE QUOTE
“I didn’t want to be the ‘young guy.’ I started turning it into a healthy rage to come into the gym with the attitude, ‘Yeah, I might be young but there’s a reason I’m here. I’m not just here because I’m lucky. I deserve to be here.’” – Matt Anderson in a 2012 Orange County Register article

RELATED LINKS
Instagram: mja5041
Anderson’s devotion skin deep – Orange County Register
Player of the Year Wallpapers
Matt Anderson: Rising Star to Volleyball Veteran

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