Did you know that 20 of the 24 U.S. Olympians on the indoor Rio rosters participated in the Team USA pipeline? Check out the paths of some familiar faces!

What do you want from volleyball? Whether you are a junior, high school or college player, a coach, official or volunteer, everyone is on a path to a goal. USA Volleyball will help you reach your podium.

No two paths are alike, but as members of USA Volleyball we all belong to the same exclusive club as Kerri Walsh JenningsMatt AndersonFoluke AkinradewoPhil DalhassuerHeather Erickson and April Ross.

Looking to find your path? We have resources to help you get there:


Kaleo Maclay | My Path to the Podium

  • 2016 Paralympic Games (gold)
  • 2014 USAV Female Sitting Player of the Year
  • 2014 Sitting Volleyball World Championships (silver)
  • 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships (silver)
  • 2012 Paralympic Games (silver)
  • Joined Oklahoma Peak Performance VBC when she was 10
  • Born with a club foot


Foluke Akinradewo | I’m Doing It for the Sacrifices They Made

  • Olympian, 2016 (bronze); 2012 (silver)
  • World Championship gold medal in 2014
  • Four-time AVCA All-American at Stanford from 2005-2008
  • Made International Debut with U.S. Women’s National Team in 2005
  • 2005 Women’s Junior (U20) National Team; FIVB U20 World Championship (11th)
  • 2004 Women’s Junior (U20) National Team; NORCECA U20 Championship (gold)
  • 2003 Girls Youth (U18) National Training Team


Matt Anderson | My Path to the Podium

  • Two-time Olympian (2016 bronze)
  • World Cup gold medalist and MVP in 2015
  • Played professionally for Russia’s Zenit Kazan each winter since 2012
  • 2008 AVCA Co-Player of Year; led Penn State to NCAA title
  • 2007 Men’s Junior (U21) National Team; FIVB U21 World Championship (7th)
  • 2006 Men’s Junior (U21) National Team; NORCECA Championship (silver)
  • 2005 Boys Youth (U18) National Team; Four Nations Tournament



  • Three-time Olympian; Olympic gold medalist (2008)
  • Seven-time USAV Male Beach Athlete of the Year; four-time FIVB Most Outstanding Player
  • Has won gold at 38 FIVB tournaments and 53 AVP tournaments
  • Through 2018, holds longest streak (13 years) on the FIVB World Tour with at least one FIVB title
  • Became World champion (2007) and Olympic champion (2008) with Todd Rogers
  • Began playing indoor volleyball as a high school senior; beach volleyball in 2003
  • Born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1980


  • 2017 LA Sports Council Sportswomen of the Year
  • 2017 FIVB World Championships (9th)
  • 2017 AVP Tour Chicago (gold) (Part of youngest team ever to win on AVP)
  • 2017 World University Games (gold)
  • 2016, ’17 NCAA team national champion
  • 2015 AVP New York (bronze)
  • 2015 AVCA team, pairs national champion
  • 2014 FIVB U21 World Championships (bronze)
  • 2013 FIVB U19 World Championships (bronze)


Eric Duda | It’s Nice to Represent the Flag in a Sport I Love

  • 2016 Paralympic Games (8th)
  • 2014 Sitting Volleyball World Championships (10th)
  • 2014 Male Sitting Player of the Year
  • 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships (10th)
  • 2007 ParaPan American Games (gold)
  • 2006 Sitting Volleyball World Championships (9th)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games (6th)
  • 2003 ParaPan American Games (gold)
  • Born with amniotic band syndrome and is missing fingers on his left hand