U.S. Men's Team for Pan Am Cup Offers Glimpse of the Future

May 31, 2008, 11:27 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org   

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 30, 2008) - Volleyball fans may be getting a glimpse of the future of the U.S. Men's National Team on June 2-7 at the Pan American Cup in Winnipeg, Canada.

The 12-man U.S. team competing at the seven-team tournament is comprised of 11 players who finished their college careers in the last three years and one who is still in college.

Among the players, 11 have played in at least one World University Games. Matt Anderson  (West Seneca, N.Y.), who is entering his senior year at Penn State, has not played at the World University Games, but played for the 2007 Junior Men's National Team at the FIVB Junior Men's World Championship.

His Penn State team also won the 2008 NCAA men's volleyball national championship on May 3.

Eight of the team members - Anderson, Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), Matt Proper (Meadville, Pa.), Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), Nick Scheftic (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) traveled to Japan in May to help the Japanese men's national team prepare for its Olympic qualifying tournament.

The head coach of the team is Alan Knipe, who took his Long Beach State men's volleyball team to the NCAA semifinals in May and who coached the U.S. Men to a bronze medal at the 2007 World University Games. He will be assisted by John Hawks of USC, who was his assistant coach at the World University Games and who also led the team that trained with Japan's national team.

The United States was scheduled to play in a group with Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica. However a notice on Canada's Web site says Cuba pulled out of the tournament this week. The other group is scheduled to include Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.

The event Web site is at www.volleyball.ca/index.asp?page=295.

U.S. Men's National Team for the Pan American Cup

1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
4 Evan Patak (Opp., 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
5 Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
6 Matt Proper (Opp., 6-7, Meadville, Pa., Penn State)
7 Nate Meerstein (MB, 6-9, La Porte City, Iowa, Penn State)
8 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
9 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-5, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
12 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
13 Nick Scheftic (MB, 6-11, Santa Barbara, Calif., UCLA)
15 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif. , Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)
Head coach: Alan Knipe
Assistant coach: John Hawks
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Therapist/Trainer: Jeffrey O'Brien
Medical Support: Aimee Miyazawa