Micah Christenson Named AVCA All-American First Teamer
April 24, 2014
USC junior setter Micah Christenson has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II All-American first team, while senior libero Henry Cassiday made the second team and freshman outside hitter Lucas Yoder was honorable mention.
Christenson is USC's 33rd All-American first teamer and its first since Tony Ciarelli in 2012.
Christenson, who was the starting setter last summer for the U.S. Men's National Team at the NORCECA Continental Championships and FIVB Grand Champions Cup, previously made the 2014 All-MPSF first team. He currently leads the nation in assists (11.62) and is 15th in digs (2.33). He topped USC in assists (1,046) and aces (25) this year. He is a finalist for the 2014 Off The Block Lloy Ball Award presented to the nation's top collegiate setter.
Cassiday currently is second nationally in digs (2.97). He had a team-best 297 digs in 2014. His 21 digs against Pepperdine this year set a USC rally scoring era match record. His 297 digs in 2014 were 18 shy of tying the school record. He had double figures in digs a school-record 17 times in 2014, including 7 times with at least 15 digs. He also made the 2014 All-MPSF second team.
Both Christenson and Cassiday were AVCA second teamers in 2012.
Earlier this month, Yoder was named the MPSF Freshman of the Year and made the Off The Block Freshman All-American team, All-MPSF second team and the MPSF All-Freshman team. He currently is seventh nationally in kills (4.02) and 12th in points (4.33). He led USC in kills (394) in 2014. He had double figures in kills 24 times in 2014, including 15 times with at least 15 kills (5 times with 20-plus). His later father, Dave, was an All-American second teamer at USC in 1987 after making honorable mention in 1986.