Matt Anderson (volleyball)

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Matthew Anderson
Matthew Anderson.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMatthew John Anderson
Born (1987-04-18) April 18, 1987 (age 32)
Buffalo, New York, United States
HometownWest Seneca, New York, United States
Height2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Spike360 cm (142 in)
Block332 cm (131 in)
College(s)Pennsylvania State University
Volleyball information
PositionOutside hitter/Opposite
Current clubModena Volley
Penn State Nittany Lions
Hyundai Capital
Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia
Casa Modena
Zenit Kazan
Modena Volley
National team
2007–United States
Last updated: 8 July 2018

Matthew John Anderson (born 18 April 1987) is an American volleyball player. He is currently a member of the Italian club Modena Volley and the United States men's national volleyball team, with whom he was a participant of the Olympic Games (2012, 2016), 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup. On top of his other accolades, he is also a 2013 NORCECA Champion and a 2008 Pan American Cup gold medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was born in Buffalo, New York to Michael and Nancy Anderson. His father, Michael Anderson, died in January 2010. He has three older sisters named Jennifer, Joelle and Amy and one older brother named Joshua. Joelle and Amy both played volleyball in their college years. Has a tattoo on his wrist in honor of his nephew Tristin, who is autistic. Also had a tattoo in honor of his late father. Matt graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School in 2005. Engaged to fiancé Jackie Gillum since May 2019.

Anderson during the match Copra Elior PiacenzaCasa Modena on January 2, 2012.
Anderson during World Championship playing against Italy in Kraków, Poland
with another members of U.S. national team, Holmes and Smith in 2012.



In his senior year, he led the West Seneca boys' volleyball team to a 17-0 regular-season record and a Sectional Finals appearance, losing to eventual state champion, Hamburg, in 3 sets. In 2004, the team were the 2004 Division I State Champions. He played club volleyball for Eden Volleyball Club in Eden, New York. Anderson followed an uncharacteristic growth path in his youth – only reaching his full height (6'8") as a Sophomore at Penn State. His original position was middle – playing that in his Sophomore and Junior seasons of high school. As he became more experienced in the game, he spent more time in the Outside and Right-side for Eden VBC. He ranks amongst the top alumni of the distinguished club to this day.

Anderson finished his career in Penn State with 1,212 kills and 82 aces, both which rank in the top 13 in Penn State history. He had a decorated career, especially in 2008 as he helped lead the Nittany Lions to their second ever NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship against Pepperdine. He was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player for his 29 kill performance against the Waves. Other awards for 2008 include EIVA Player of the Year, AVCA National Player of the Year, AVCA First Team All-America, and All-EIVA First Team.

On July 1, 2008, he announced he would forgo his 2009 senior year at Penn State and signed a professional contract with Hyundai Capital Skywalkers of the Korean League[1] In his debut season, Anderson helped the Skywalkers claim first in the regular season before losing 3-1 in the championship series. Season 2010–2011 spent in the Italian League as a player of Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia. Then he moved to Casa Modena. Since 2012, he has played for Russian club, Zenit Kazan. With this club, he won a bronze medal in the Russian Championship and CEV Champions League in 2012–2013.[2] In the season 2013–2014, his team won the title of Russian Champion and Anderson was the Most Valuable Player of the Russian League.[3][4]

On October 29, 2014, Anderson suspended his volleyball career. He asked for the termination of the contract with Zenit Kazan because of depression.[5][6] On December 26, 2014 Anderson announced his return to Zenit Kazan, but only in CEV Champions League matches.[7]

On February 13, 2017, Anderson announced that he had signed a contract to remain with Zenit Kazan for another season.[8]

Anderson decided to return to Modena Volley for the 2019–20 season.[9]

National team[edit]

In September 2013 USA, including Anderson, achieved title of NORCECA Champion.[10] On July 20, 2014 he was of the team winning the gold medal in the World League 2014.[11]

Sporting achievements[edit]


FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

CEV Champions League[edit]

National championships[edit]

National team[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anderson to forego senior year; signs professional contract in Korea – – 2008-07-01
  2. ^ Zenit KAZAN settles for bronze to celebrate fourth European medal – – 2013-03-17
  3. ^ RUS M: Zenit Kazan keeps Matt Anderson – – 2014-05-04
  4. ^ Zenit Kazan wins national championship Archived December 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine – – 2014-04-14
  5. ^ Андерсон решил приостановить карьеру – – 2014-10-29
  6. ^ Matt Anderson terminated contract with Zenit – – 2014-10-29
  7. ^ American Anderson to return to Zenit-Kazan – – 2014-12-26
  8. ^ Keith, Braden (February 24, 2017). "American Matt Anderson Re-Signs With Zenit Kazan For Another Season". VolleyMob. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  9. ^ TRANSFER BOMB IN ITALY: Matt Anderson joins Modena for 2019/2020 season!
  10. ^ U.S. Men Win 2013 NORCECA Championship – – 2013-09-28
  11. ^ USA upset Brazil to claim second World League title – – 2014-07-20

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Preceded by
Cuba Keibel Gutiérrez
Most Valuable Player of
NORCECA Championship

Succeeded by
Canada Nicholas Hoag
Preceded by
Russia Maxim Mikhaylov
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Cup

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Brazil Wallace de Souza
Best Opposite Spiker of
FIVB World Grand Champions Cup

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Not Awarded
Best Opposite Spiker of
FIVB Nations League

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Russia Maxim Mikhaylov
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB Nations League

Succeeded by