Long List Revealed for Men's GCC

Oct. 24, 2013, 4 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 24, 2013) – USA Volleyball has revealed the 20-player preliminary roster that will be narrowed to 12 for the FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup on Nov. 19-24 in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan.

The U.S. Men qualified for the Grand Champions Cup by winning the NORCECA Continental Championship in September in Canada. The six-team tournament will also include Brazil (South American zone champion), Iran (Asia zone champion) and Russia (European zone champion) along with Japan (host country) and Italy (wildcard).

Sean Rooney holds up the trophy as the U.S. Men celebrate their NORCECA Championship
   The U.S. Men celebrate their NORCECA Championship victory.

“I was very pleased with the way the team competed at the NORCECA Championships,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “I thought we completed the summer season very well, both in how we trained and how we competed. I am very much looking forward to spending more time with this group in the gym.

“The Grand Champions Cup has some great volleyball teams and I am excited about the chance to compete against the world’s best and continuing to develop our team.”

The preliminary roster includes seven outside hitters: Matt Anderson, Sean Rooney, Paul Lotman, Reid Priddy, Tony Ciarelli, Jeff Menzel and Garret Muagututia. It includes five middle blockers: David Lee, Russell Holmes, Futi Tavana, Max Holt and David Smith. It contains four setters: Kyle Caldwell, Kawika Shoji, Micah Christenson and Ryan Ammerman. There are two opposites on the preliminary roster: Murphy Troy and Carson Clark and two liberos: Rich Lambourne and Erik Shoji.

All 12 of the players who won the NORCECA Championships are on the roster: Anderson, Rooney, Caldwell, Lee, Priddy, Troy, Christenson, Tavana, Menzel, Clark, Holt and Erik Shoji.

Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), a 2012 Olympian, was named the NORCECA tournament’s most valuable player and named as an outside hitter to the all-star team. Christenson (Honolulu), in his U.S. Men’s National Team debut, was named Best Setter and Best Server and was the setter on the all-star team.

Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a three-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist, was named as an outside hitter to the all-star team. Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) are the other 2008 gold medalists named to the preliminary roster.

The U.S. Men’s Team will convene in Tokyo on Nov. 10 to train at Japan’s National Training Center before traveling to Kyoto on Nov. 17 for the competition, which begins Nov. 19.

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2. Sean Rooney (OH, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3. Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-8, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
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. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10. Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Futi Tavana (MB, 6-7, Kalaheo, Hawaii, 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. Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
19. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

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

FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup Schedule
(all times Pacific Standard)

Kyoto
Nov. 18-19
7:10 p.m.: Italy vs. Russia
11:10 p.m.: Iran vs. Brazil
2:10 a.m.: USA vs. Japan

Nov. 19-20
7:10 p.m.: Italy vs. Iran
11:10 p.m.: Brazil vs. USA
2:10 a.m.: Russia vs. Japan

Tokyo
Nov. 21-22
7:10 p.m.: USA vs. Italy
11:10 p.m.: Iran vs. Russia
2:10 a.m.: Japan vs. Brazil

Nov. 22-23
7:10 p.m.: Iran vs. USA
11:10 p.m.: Russia vs. Brazil
2:10 a.m.: Italy vs. Japan

Nov. 23-24
7:10 p.m.: Brazil vs. Italy
10:10 p.m.: USA vs. Russia
1:10 a.m.: Japan vs. Iran


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