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July 6, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Penn State men's volleyball player Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) has been named to the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team's Olympic squad. In addition, Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named one of eight replacements.

Anderson is one of six players who will be making his first appearance in the Olympic games. The U.S. Men secured their spot in the 2012 Olympic Games by winning the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 7-12. Most recently the team won their FIVB World League Pool to advance to Final Round play.

According to, the U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team is the defending Olympic Champion and the squad is currently ranked sixth in the world. The team will be coached by Alan Knipe who is in his fourth season at the helm.

Anderson, the 2008 AVCA National Co-Player of the Year, along with Holt led the Penn State men's volleyball program to its second NCAA title in 2008. Anderson, a two-time AVCA All-American, earned EIVA Player of the Year honors and was selected as the EIVA Championship Most Outstanding player that same season. He went on to pursue a professional volleyball career. Holt closed out his Penn State career in 2009 and was named the EIVA Player of the Year and garnered his second straight First Team AVCA honor.

For more information on the U.S. Men's National Team and the Olympics, visit or follow @USA_Volleyball on Twitter.

2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team
1 - Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State) 2 - Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 - David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., LBSU)
5 - Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 - Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., LBSU)
7 - Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 - Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
11 - Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 - Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 - Clay Stanley (Opp., 6-9, Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaii)
20 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21 - David McKienzie (Opp., 6-4, Littleton, Colo., LBSU)



Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Team Manager: Rob Browning
Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Medical Support: Aaron Brock
Scout Coach: Andy Read
Scout Coach: Mike Seely

Replacement Players for U.S. Olympic Games Men's Volleyball Team Roster
3 - Evan Patak (Opp., 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UCSB)
9 - Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 - Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
14 - Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 - Gabe Gardner (Opp., 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford
16 - Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 - Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
25 - Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine Calif., Pepperdine)

2012 Olympic Games Men's Volleyball Schedule

Pool A (World Ranking): Italy (3), Poland (4), Argentina (8), Bulgaria (9), Australia (22), Great Britain (92)
Pool B (World Ranking): Brazil (1), Russia (2), USA (6), Serbia (7), Germany (13), Tunisia (18)

July 29: Great Britain vs. Bulgaria, 9:30 a.m.
July 29: Russia vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m.
July 29: Australia vs. Argentina, 2:45 p.m.
July 29: USA vs. Serbia, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 29: Italy vs. Poland, 8 p.m.
July 29: Brazil vs. Tunisia, 10 p.m.

July 31: Serbia vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
July 31: Poland vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
July 31: Italy vs. Argentina, 2:45 p.m.
July 31: USA vs. Germany, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 31: Great Britain vs. Australia, 8 p.m.
July 31: Brazil vs. Russia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 2: Serbia vs. Germany, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Australia vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Russia vs. Tunisia, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Poland vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Brazil vs. USA, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 2: Great Britain vs. Italy, 10 p.m.

Aug. 4: Germany vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Great Britain vs. Poland, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Australia vs. Italy, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 4: Russia vs. USA, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m.)
Aug. 4: Argentina vs. Bulgaria, 8 p.m.
Aug. 4: Brazil vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 6: Australia vs. Poland, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Russia vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Italy vs. Bulgaria, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: Great Britain vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: USA vs. Tunisia, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 6: Brazil vs. Germany, 10 p.m.

Aug. 8: Quarterfinal Matches at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 10: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 12: Men's Bronze Medal Match, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 12: Men's Gold Medal Match, 1 p.m.
Aug. 12: Men's Gold Medal Ceremony, 2:50 p.m.

For more information on the Penn State men's volleyball team, please visit The Penn State men's volleyball 2012 season is presented by Rockvale Outlets.

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