Anderson named USA Volleyball POY

Outside hitter Matt Anderson has been honored as the U.S. men's national team Indoor Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Anderson, from West Seneca, New York, had 431 kills and 485 points this season for the national team, which won the FIVB World League competition but got outsed from the World Championship in the second round.

Taylor Sander of Manhattan Beach, California, was the team's Rookie of the Year, and Sean Rooney was honored as the Most Inspirational Player. Sander, who wrapped up his college career at BYU in May, stepped in for injured outside hitter Reid Priddy during the World League and was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Rooney, from Wheaton, Illinois, captained the team at the World League but a back injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.

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