FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 USA / USA - Team Composition

 
Team manager Browning, Robert
Head coach Knipe, Alan
Assistant coach Speraw, John
Doctor Feder, Keith
Therapist / trainer Sato, Gary
Journalist Evans, Bonnie Jean (BJ)
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 F  Matthew Anderson Anderson 18.04.1987 202 100 360 332
  2   F  Sean Rooney Rooney 13.11.1982 206 100 354 336
  3 Evan Patak Patak 23.06.1984 201 113 363 330
  4   F  David Lee Lee 08.03.1982 203 105 350 325
  L 5 F  Richard Lambourne Lambourne 06.05.1975 190 90 324 312
  6   F  Paul Lotman Lotman 03.11.1985 200 102 336 312
  7 F  Donald Suxho Suxho 21.02.1976 196 98 337 319
  8   F  William Priddy Priddy 01.10.1977 194 89 353 330
  9 Ryan Millar Millar 22.01.1978 204 98 354 326
  10   Riley Salmon Salmon 02.07.1976 198 89 345 331
  11 F  Brian Thornton Thornton 22.04.1985 190 88 327 314
  12   F  Russell Holmes Holmes 01.07.1982 205 95 352 335
  C 13 F  Clayton Stanley Stanley 20.01.1978 205 104 357 332
  14   Kevin Hansen Hansen 19.03.1982 196 93 349 330
  15 Gabriel Gardner Gardner 18.03.1976 209 103 353 335
  16   Jayson Jablonsky Jablonsky 23.07.1985 198 91 345 335
  17 Maxwell Holt Holt 12.03.1987 205 90 351 333
  18   Scott Touzinsky Touzinsky 22.04.1982 198 88 344 330
  19 Robert Tarr Tarr 09.01.1984 194 88 349 330
  20   F  David Smith Smith 15.05.1985 201 86 348 314
  21 F  David McKienzie McKienzie 05.07.1979 193 95 358 340
  22   Taylor Sander Sander 17.03.1992 196 80 345 320
  23 Jeffrey Menzel Menzel 31.10.1988 199 92 365 360
  24   Kawika Shoji K. Shoji 11.11.1987 190 79 331 315
  25 Jonathan Winder Winder 04.01.1986 203 91 340 306
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F=Players selected for the Finals in Sofia, Bulgaria
 
Team profile

Under coach Alan Knipe, the United States finished 2011 with a win-loss record of 26-15. The team advanced to the World League Finals, where it placed seventh before finishing second at the NORCECA Continental Championship and third at the London Invitational Olympic Games Test Event.
 
Overall, the team has a record of 56-28 since Knipe took over as coach in 2009
 
Losing key players to injuries and family issues hurt the team, which had one of their best ever seasons in 2008 when they won the FIVB World League and Olympic gold in Beijing. The US had been looking to return to the greatness it experienced in the 1980s and 90s when it won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988) and a bronze (1992), as well as the FIVB World Cup (1985) and FIVB World Championship (1986). A third-place finish in the 2007 FIVB World League and fourth place at the 2007 FIVB World Cup led the team to believe it was on the verge of greater things.

The two-time World Cup medallists opened their 2008 campaign by winning the NORCECA Olympic qualifying tournament without dropping a set. In the final round of the 2008 World League, the US beat Serbia against all odds to take gold. They followed this up with a gold-medal win over Brazil at the Beijing Olympics. Now on the back of a rebuilding phase, one looks to see if the US can repeat 2008 with another well timed run aimed at the Olympic Games, starting with the World League.

Coach profile

Having taken a leave of absence from Long Beach State, where he had been coach for nine years, Alan Knipe became USA men’s coach in 2009 and he quickly led them to qualification for the FIVB World Championship, second place at the NORCECA Continental Championship and sixth place in the FIVB World League. Last year, Knipe, a former US volleyball international and beach volleyball player, led the team to the FIVB World League Finals after finishing second in their Intercontinental Round pool, including two victories over world No. 1 Brazil. The US also finished second at the NORCECA Continental Championship and third at the London Invitational before registering a sixth-place finish at the World Cup in Japan.