Name: Matt Anderson
Position: Opposite/Outside Hitter
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-10 (208 cm)
Weight: 212 lbs (96.16 kg)
Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y.
Hometown: West Seneca, N.Y.
High School: West Seneca High School (West Seneca, N.Y.)
College: Penn State
Olympic Experience
  • 2012 (5th place)
  • 2016 (Bronze Medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2010 (6th)
  • 2014 (7th)
  • 2018 (3rd)
Other Career Highlights
  • Named MVP of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League as U.S. Men placed 2nd
  • Six-time USAV Male Indoor Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • 2008 AVCA Co-Player of the Year with Paul Lotman (Long Beach State) after leading Penn State to NCAA Men’s Championship.
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  • Best Opposite of the 2018 FIVB VNL and the 2018 FIVB World Championship as the U.S. Men placed 3rd at each event
  • Finished second among all scorers at the 2016 Olympic Games with 128 points on 108 kills, 10 blocks and 10 aces.
  • Named MVP of the 2015 FIVB World Cup as the U.S. Men won the tournament and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • At 25, was the youngest player on the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team
  • Has been the U.S. Men’s leading scorer every season since 2011
  • Was moved from left-side hitter to opposite (right side) in 2013 and has started there the majority of the time ever since
  • Named MVP of the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship and also named to All-Star Team
  • Had a serious case of pneumonia during the 2009 summer season that left him hospitalized for 14 days
  • Played for Russia's Zenit Kazan each winter from 2012-18 and has his jersey hung from the rafters of their arena
  • Has played professionally in Russia, Italy and Korea
  • Left college following his junior year to play professionally with the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in Korea
  • 2007 Men's Junior National Team (finished seventh at the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Rabat, Morocco)
  • 2006 Men's Junior National Team (finished second at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship)
  • 2005 U.S. Boys Youth National Team (Four Nation Tournament in Cabo Frio, Brazil)
  • 2004 Participated in a USAV High Performance tryout and was invited to an A2 camp, which he attended
Personal: 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. Hosts an annual volleyball tournament to benefit autism awareness. ... Interested in professional sports, cars and fashion

The Big Blurb
"So here’s a guy who is one of the best outside hitters in the world and we’re asking him to move away from his comfort zone (from outside hitter to opposite). His willingness to embrace that really speaks to his character and commitment to the team. If your best player is willing to sacrifice his own self-interest for the betterment of the team, that speaks wonderfully to the lessons he’s teaching to the younger players." – U.S. Men's Head Coach John Speraw in The Buffalo News

The Quote
“I still think I have a lot to improve on, personally. But I’m definitely not the young guy on the team anymore. We have guys who are still in college playing with us. But I’m embracing the role. I like it. I’m in the middle, so I can relate to a lot of the veterans on the team, and I can relate to the young guys. So I feel I can bridge the gap a little bit and be a central piece of that.” – Matt Anderson in The Buffalo News

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U.S. Olympian quit volleyball to love it, and himself, again – Yahoo News
Road to Rio: U.S. men's volleyball player Matt Anderson no longer out on limb – Orange County Register