FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

TEAM COMPOSITION


 USA / USA

 
Team manager Becker, Andrea
Coach Speraw, John
Assistant coach Fuerbringer, Matthew
2nd assistant coach Wall, Michael
Doctor Gregory, Andrew
Physiotherapist Brock, Aaron
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Matthew Anderson Anderson 18.04.1987 202 100 360 332 Zenit Kazan
  C 2   Sean Rooney Rooney 13.11.1982 206 100 354 336 KOR
  4 David Lee Lee 08.03.1982 203 105 350 325 Shanghai Volleyball Club
  6   Paul Lotman Lotman 03.11.1985 200 102 336 312 Asseco Resovia SA
  7 Kawika Shoji K. Shoji 11.11.1987 190 79 331 315 SCC Berlin
  8   William Priddy Priddy 01.10.1977 194 89 353 330 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  9 Murphy Troy Troy 31.05.1989 202 99 360 350 St. Nazaire V.B. Atlantique
  11   Micah Christenson Christenson 08.05.1993 198 88 349 340 Univ. of Southern California
  13 Vaafuti Tavana Tavana 25.09.1987 200 110 360 340 Toulouse O.A.C.-T.U.C.
  14   Jeffrey Menzel Menzel 31.10.1988 199 92 365 360 L0334 Maaseik
  15 Carson Clark Clark 20.01.1989 205 93 365 360 Lucznicka Bydgoszcz SA
  17   Maxwell Holt Holt 12.03.1987 205 90 351 333 Dinamo Moscow
  19 Erik Shoji E. Shoji 24.08.1989 184 83 330 321 VT Hypo Tirol
  20   David Smith Smith 15.05.1985 201 86 348 314 Tours Volleyball
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

USA carry on with their 2013 campaign with coach John Speraw. Although they placed sixth at the 2013 World League Finals, they easily got back on track to win gold at the NORCECA continental finals at Langley, Canada, to earn them the ticket to the World Grand Champions Cup. USA are slowly getting in top form and are hoping to reinstate their reign.

In 2012, USA played their most sound performances of the last four years, winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualification, finishing second at the World League and fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Under Alan Knipe, USA finished 2011 with a record of 26-15. They advanced to the World League Finals and finished seventh. The team ended the quadrennial with a record of 81-35.

USA had its best season ever in 2008 when it won the World League title and the Olympic gold medal. The side opened their campaign by winning the NORCECA Olympic qualification with a 5-0 record, without dropping a set. They beat Serbia to pick up World League gold then followed up with a gold medal win over Brazil at the Beijing Olympics. The USA team had been looking to return to its prominence in the ‘80s and ‘90s when it won two Olympic golds (1984, 1988) and a bronze (1992) as well as the World Cup (1985) and World Championship (1986).

 
Coach profile

John Speraw, was named the programme’s head coach for the Olympic Games quadrennial culminating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Speraw joined the USA team staff in 2007 under then head coach Hugh McCutcheon.

In 2008, he travelled with the US team to the Olympic Games in Beijing where they won the gold medal. After that, he worked with USA as needed and also coached a young team that finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games.

In 2012, he returned as assistant coach to Alan Knipe and helped the team to take silver in the World League and a fifth place finish in the Olympics.