One of the more interesting teams in the World Championships, Bourne and Hyden will be seeded ninth in the event. Hyden will be the oldest player (42) in the 2015 FIVB World Championships while Bourne was named the circuit’s rookie-of-the-year in 2014 during his first season of play. The gold medal finish by the Americans at last season’s Grand Slam stop in Berlin made Hyden the oldest player (41, years, 8 months, 15 days) to win an international gold medal. It was the only podium placement for the Hyden/Bourne partnership. While Bourne will be making his first-ever appearance in the World Championships, Hyden was 33rd in the 2013 worlds with Nick Lucena in Stare Jablonki, Poland.