Tokyo, Japan, September 23, 2015 – The United States’ Matthew Anderson is the Dream Team frontrunner as he received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015 on Wednesday.
The MVP award was the icing on the cake for Anderson, after his team grabbed first place in the quadrennial tournament’s final ranking. USA finished with a 10-1 win-record following their 3-1 victory over Argentina.
Anderson led USA as the top scorer with 172 points, to succeed Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov, who reigned as the top player in the 2011 edition.
Anderson is joined by teammates Micah Christenson and Erik Shoji, who took the Best Setter and Best Libero honours, respectively, then Italy’s wingmen Osmany Juantorena and Ivan Zaytsev got the 1st Best Outside Spiker and Best Opposite awards for spearheading their team’s second place finish that rewarded them with the second Olympic qualification ticket.
The other players who made it into the 2015 Men’s World Cup Dream Team are 2nd Best Outside Spiker Yuki Ishikawa of Japan, 1st Best Middle Blocker Sebastian Sole of Argentina, and 2nd Best Middle Blocker Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi of Iran.
FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup individual awards:
Most Valuable Player – Matthew Anderson (USA)
1st Best Outside Spiker – Osmany Juantorena (ITA)
2nd Best Outside Spiker – Yuki Ishikawa (JPN)
1st Best Middle Blocker – Sebastian Sole (ARG)
2nd Best Middle Blocker – Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi (IRI)
Best Opposite Spiker – Ivan Zaytsev (ITA)
Best Setter – Micah Christenson (USA)
Best Libero – Erik Shoji (USA)