Matt Anderson Eyes Olympic Gold
Matt Anderson led the U.S. men’s volleyball team back to the Olympics this year, four years after the Americans won Olympic gold in Beijing, and about as long since Anderson earned Most Outstanding Player honors in leading Penn State to the 2008 NCAA championship. Anderson left Penn State after his junior to play professionally overseas, and in the meantime he’s become one of the stars of the national team. He’s among the current and former Nittany Lions turned Olympians featured in our July/August issue.
The upstate New York native was profiled a few days ago in the Buffalo News, and it makes for compelling reading. Among other things, it turns out Anderson is the youngest player on the U.S. men’s volleyball roster—and arguably also its best hitter. Part of Anderson’s motivation comes from the loss of his father and role model, who died of a heart attack in 2010. You can find that story here, and you can keep an eye out for Anderson — at 6-foot-10, he’s hard to miss — when the Olympics begin a little over a month from today.
Ryan Jones, senior editor