Long Beach middle to play for Denmark in European Silver League

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Simon Andersen will go from winning a NCAA championship to trying to help his country win a European championship.

The Long Beach State middle attacker was selected to the Danish Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming CEV European Silver League.

Andersen finished his sophomore season in the top 10 of the Big West with a 0.80 blocks per game average, including having a match-high six blocks in Long Beach State’s NCAA Tournament finals victory. He also hit .573 last season and had more than .500 attack percentage in 20 regular season matches.

As part of the Sharks postseason run to back-to-back national championships, Andersen in four matches had a combined 28 kills and zero attack errors on a .615 attack percentage.

Andersen is one of five middle attackers on the Denmark’s 25-player roster for the European Silver League.

The European Silver League is a seven-week event that features eight European nations. This league is a tier below the European Golden League, which is comprised of the top 12 European countries not playing in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Denmark will compete in Pool B along with Georgia, Azerbaijan and Romania. The top-two teams from the pool will advance to the finals in July.

Denmark will open league play with a home match against Georgia on Saturday.