Long Beach, Ohio State, UCLA players to compete in European Silver League

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Three college men’s volleyball players will spend the offseason representing their countries at a continental tournament.

Ohio State outside attacker Sotiris Siapanis, Long Beach State middle attacker Simon Andersen and UCLA outside attacker Ido David each made their national teams’ primary rosters for the CEV Volleyball European Silver League that starts this weekend.

The European Silver League is a three-week event featuring eight nations. This league is a tier below the European Golden League, which is comprised of the top 11 European countries not playing in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.


Siapanis joins the Cyprus Men’s National Team after earning Freshman All-American honors with Ohio State. The MIVA Newcomer of the Year and finalist for the Nicolas Szerszen Award as the top international player ended last season in the nation’s top 15 with both a 4.12 kills per game average and a .356 attack percentage.

Anderssen will play for the Denmark Men’s National Team and finished Long Beach State’s abbreviated 2021 season second in the nation averaging 1.40 blocks per game. The National Blocker of the Year finalist also was in the nation’s top 15 with a .392 attack percentage, including having a season-high 12 kills while hitting .667 in a victory against UC Irvine.

David is an incoming freshman recruit for UCLA who will play with the Israeli Men’s National Team.

The Israel roster also includes former UC Irvine outside attacker Tamir Hershko and former Grand Canyon outside attacker Shalev Saada.

Each of the teams in the European Silver League have been placed in one of two four-team pools. The top-two teams in each pool following a double round-robin during the next two weeks will advance to the semifinals.