FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 USA / USA

 
Team manager Becker, Andrea
Coach Speraw, John
Assistant coach Fuerbringer, Matthew
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 Woori Card Hansae
  3 Taylor Sander Sander 17.03.1992 196 80 345 320 BYU
  4   David Lee Lee 08.03.1982 203 105 350 325 Shanghai Volleyball Club
  5 Ryan Ammerman Ammerman 30.12.1985 205 90 340 330 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  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
  10   Antonio Ciarelli Ciarelli 13.04.1990 183 95 335 304 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  11 Micah Christenson Christenson 08.05.1993 198 88 349 340 Univ. of Southern California
  12   Russell Holmes Holmes 01.07.1982 205 95 352 335 Istanbul BBSK
  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
  16   Dustin Watten Watten 27.10.1986 182 80 306 295 A.S. Orange Nassau
  17 Maxwell Holt Holt 12.03.1987 205 90 351 333 Dinamo Moscow
  18   Garrett Muagututia Muagututia 26.02.1988 205 92 359 345 Konak Belediye Spor
  19 Alfredo Reft Reft 15.12.1982 178 83 319 309 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  20   David Smith Smith 15.05.1985 201 86 348 314 Tours Volleyball
  21 James Shaw Shaw 05.03.1994 203 98 354 338 Stanford University
  22   Erik Shoji E. Shoji 24.08.1989 184 83 330 321 VT Hypo Tirol
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The United States are entering a second season with head coach John Speraw at the helm. Speraw was promoted from assistant to head coach in 2013 and will lead the campaign to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 2013 the US team won 13 of their 24 matches and took the gold medal in the NORCECA Continental Championship for the first time since 2007. They also finished 12th in the World League and fifth in the Grand Champions Cup, and will be aiming to step up a gear this year with a view to returning to the Olympic podium in Brazil.

The US are longing for a return to the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s when they won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988) and a bronze (1992), as well as triumphing at the World Cup in 1985 and the World Championship in 1986. They reclaimed Olympic glory when they defeated Brazil 3-1 to take gold in Beijing in 2008, but failed to defend their title in 2012, losing 3-0 to Italy in the quarterfinals. The team will arrive at the 2014 World League hoping to emulate their success in the 2012 edition. A 3-0 defeat of Cuba in their semifinal guaranteed them a medal, but they had to settle for silver when they were defeated 3-0 by Poland in the final.

Coach profile

John Speraw was an assistant coach of the United States men’s team from 2007-08 and helped them to a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He previously had stints as an assistant coach of the US boy’s youth national team in 1998, 2001 and 2007, and performed a similar role with the national squad at the 1999 World University Games. He took over as head coach of the men’s team during the group stage of the 2013 World League when incumbent Alan Knipe had to leave the team due to a family emergency. Speraw has enjoyed great success at US collegiate level. He won two national championships with the UCLA Bruins during his playing career and added three more as coach of UC Irvine.