USA Men Return Top Players In Time For World Grand Champions Cup

  0 Carly DeMarque | August 30th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Men's National Team


Team USA men have the return of Matthew Andeson, Max Holt and Aaron Russell at their expense for the World Grand Champions Cup that will take place in just two weeks. The team has announced their preliminary roster for the event, to which head coach John Speraw can use a mixture of youth and experience at the event.

Over the summer, these three players took time off this summer – Anderson and Holt with the much-needed rest after the Olympics and club season, Russell is recovering from an injury suffered with his club team.

Team USA has relied on youth in this summers competitions, including the FIVB World League, where players like Taylor Sander, Jeff Jendryk and Ben Patch made a name for themselves on the squad. The team’s libero, Erik Shoji also proved to be an extremely valuable asset for the Americans along with setter Kawika Shoji.

Sander posted 146 points in the opening rounds of the World League, ranking third overall. These 146 points comprised of 118 kills, 15 blocks and 13 aces. Patch also made a top-10 performance for Team USA with 126 points on 111 kills, 14 blocks and one ace.

The men will open up with Japan on September 12, followed by Iran, France, Brazil and Italy on September 17 when the competition concludes.


1 – Matthew Anderson, Opposite
2 – Aaron Russell, Outside Hitter
3 – Taylor Sander, Outside Hitter
4 – Jeff Jendryk, Middle Blocker
5 – James Shaw, Setter
6 – Jonah Seif, Setter
7 – Kawika Shoji, Setter
10 – Thomas Jaeschke, Outside Hitter
11 – Micah Christenson, Setter
12 – TJ DeFalco, Outside Hitter
13 – Daniel Mcdonnell, Middle Blocker
14 – Ben Patch, Opposite
15 – Carson Clark, Opposite
17 – Maxwell Holt, Middle Blocker
18 – Garrett Muagututia, Outside Hitter
19 – Taylor Averill, Middle Blocker
20 – David Smith, Middle Blocker
21 – Dustin Watten, Libero
22 – Erik Shoji, Libero
24 – Michael Brinkley, Libero

*Note – not all players on the preliminary roster will travel/play at the World Grand Champions Cup

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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