Matt Anderson of West Seneca and the U.S. Men's National team are going back to the Olympics volleyball tournament at the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Opposite hitter Anderson led the U.S. with 18 points off 16 kills and two blocks in a 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 win over Netherlands in the FIVB qualification tournament on Sunday in Rotterdam.
It is the 10th straight time the U.S. Men have qualified for the Olympic Games and 12th time overall. The U.S. Men have won three Olympic gold medals (1984, ’88 and 2008) and two bronze (1992 and 2016).
Both the U.S. Men, ranked No. 2 in the world, and No. 15 Netherlands were 2-0 in the round-robin qualification tournament heading into Sunday’s match.
"It was a tough tournament, but I’m really happy with how we all played," said Anderson, 30-year-old national team veteran who plays professionally in Russia.
"Aaron Russell coming back and playing lights out for almost every part of every match and guys stepping in off the bench taking the place of Taylor Sander right now – it’s a great team effort all week," Anderson added.
Outside hitter Russell was coming back from a knee injury that caused him to miss much of the Volleyball Nations League Tournament last month in Chicago.