Micah Christenson Named To 2013 U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team
May 1, 2013
USC setter Micah Christenson has been named to the 22-player 2013 U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team.
Twelve players will be chosen from that team in late June to compete in the U21 Pan American Cup July 12-20 in Costa Rica and the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey Aug. 22-Sept. 1.
Christenson has a wealth of international experience. He captained and started at setter on the 2012 U.S. Junior National Team that captured the gold medal at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, Co., where he won the Best Setter Award. He also started at setter on the U.S. Junior National Team that placed fourth (the team's highest finish ever in the tourney) at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil, on the U.S. Junior National Team that won a gold medal in the 2010 NORCECA Junior Championship in Canada (he was named Best Setter), on the U.S. Youth National Team in 2009 and 2010 as the 2009 squad finished 10th at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship in Italy (he was the youngest starting setter to ever compete for the U.S. on a national team) and the 2010 squad won a silver medal at the NORCECA Youth Championship in Mexico.
Christenson made the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team in 2013 as a sophomore for the second consecutive year. He led the Trojans this season in assists (867), digs (179) and aces (41) and was second in blocks (59). He is fifth nationally in aces (0.45, second in the MPSF) and was one of three finalists for the 2013 Off The Block National Server of the Year.
As a freshman in 2012, he was the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year and MPSF Freshman of the Year while earning All-American second team acclaim.