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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010

 Press Release
Hildebrand realistic but raring to go

Paul Mitchell captain Tyler Hildebrand says the American team are travelling to Doha with no expectations other than to play hard

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 13, 2010 - Tyler Hildebrand knows that US club Paul Mitchell will have their work cut out at the 2010 FIVB Men's Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar but he is eager to get to work.

"It's been a while since I played in the FIVB World League against Russia," said the setter from Mesa, Arizona. "I'm pretty excited." Hildebrand, who has played with the US men's national team for the last two years, will captain a group that has really only trained together for a few weeks ahead of their opening Pool B match against Drean Bolivar on Wednesday. But he pointed out that he has played with many of the other athletes on the team either in college at Long Beach State University, or on various national teams.

The 26-year-old racked up playing time with the US national team during the 2010 FIVB World League and at the Pan American Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Additionally, he has competed at the World University Games twice and was also a three-time first team AVCA All-American while playing at Long Beach State from 2003-06.

Several of Hildebrand's teammates have been playing Beach Volleyball most recently, but all have extensive indoor experience as well and Hildebrand said he had seen a definite improvement as their training progressed. "Casey Patterson is starting to get a longer, indoor approach," he said. "And John Mayer is just a great Volleyball player."

Hildebrand's biggest concern is how the relatively inexperienced Paul Mitchell will fare against teams that have been playing together for months, if not more, such as Russia's Dynamo Moscow and Italy's Trentino BetClic, their two other Pool B opponents. The team have been concentrating on passing and serve receiving with the hope of staying within their game plan. "This is going to be a pretty high level of Volleyball," Hildebrand added. "We don't have a star player like Clay Stanley or Sean Rooney who can swing us out of trouble when we get out of system. We're not going over with any expectations other than to play hard."

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