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Anderson announces break from volleyball

Matt Anderson said homesickness and depression are the reasons behind the shock decision
Kazan, Russia, October 30, 2014 – USA volleyball star and FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 winner Matthew Anderson has announced he is to leave Russian champions Zenit Kazan and take a break from the sport citing depression and homesickness.

The 27-year-old terminated his contract with the club on Wednesday before releasing a statement explaining his decision.

He was recently a key figure for the United States team that won gold at the World League Finals in Florence, Italy and also helped his team to seventh place finish at the Men’s World Championship Poland 2014.

“First of all, I would like to stress that this decision has nothing to do with a conflict with any of my teammates or our coach, or even with the management of Zenit,” Anderson said in the statement on Zenit Kazan’s website. “Everything here in Kazan has been always organised at the highest level. I decided to stop my career and this is entirely my decision because I feel tired of volleyball. Ever since I started playing professionally, I almost had no chance to see my family. Because of this I do not feel comfortable and have been dealing with stress. This critical condition and homesickness reached its peak before the start of this season. I thought I could stand and overcome depression, but in the end I was wrong. I will miss the remainder of the season but I am not finished with volleyball yet. I just want to have a break. I think that this break will help me get back the passion and love for the game. I am grateful to our fans for all the support they provided. I hope they will understand me and my decision.” 

Anderson joined Zenit Kazan in the summer of 2012 after playing professionally in Korea and Italy. He played 98 matches for the side, winning the 2014 edition of the Russian Superleague, the 2012 Supercup as well as a bronze at the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League.

He was also part of the Zenit Kazan team who finished fourth at the 2012 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar.


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