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Anderson sparks Team USA

West Seneca's Matt Anderson helped Team USA open the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier late Monday night in Long Beach, Calif., on a triumphant note.

The 6-foot-10 outside hitter and former Penn State All-American had nine points on six attacks, one block and two aces during the Americans' sweep of Trinidad & Tobago, 25-9, 25-10, 25-14.

David Lee led all U.S. scorers with 11 points on a match-high eight attacks.

The winner of the eight-team men's volleyball tournament qualifies for the Olympic Games later this summer in London.

Anderson, who plays professionally in Italy for Modena Valley, and Team USA faced Costa Rica on Tuesday night in a match that didn't end in time for this edition. The U.S. faces Mexico tonight before the playoff round begins Thursday with quarterfinal matches.


UConn may join Hockey East

The University of Connecticut and Hockey East are in serious talks that could lead to an invitation next month for the Huskies' men's team to join the region's top hockey conference.

The 10-member league, which is in the process of adding Notre Dame for 2013, has been looking for a 12th member to ease scheduling problems.

Commissioner Joe Bertagna told The Associated Press Tuesday that UConn has become the target of that search, and a decision could come during a meeting of member schools in June.

UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel said the two sides met again last week. UConn currently plays in Atlantic Hockey, the same conference that's home to Niagara and Canisius.

The move would involve a significant upgrade of the Connecticut's hockey program, which does not offer scholarships and has a home rink that seats fewer than 2,000 on metal bleachers.

"It is a great opportunity should it be offered to us to move into the strongest hockey league in the country," Manuel said.

From News Staff and wire service reports