Micah Christenson To Participate In USA National Volleyball Team's Red-Blue Intrasquad Scrimmages|
Aug 23, 2013
USC junior setter Micah Christenson, along with former Trojan greats Murphy Troy and Tony Ciarelli, will participate in a pair of upcoming Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmages with the USA Men's National Volleyball Team.
The first Red-Blue scrimmage will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. PT at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. It will be followed by a Sept. 7 scrimmage at 7 p.m. PT at Tustin High School in Tustin, Calif.
The scrimmages will help the U.S. Men prepare for the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship on Sept. 23-28 in Langley, Canada.
Both matches are open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door of each event. Players will be available to sign autographs and take pictures following the matches.
Joining Christenson, Troy and Ciarelli in the scrimmages will be former and aspiring Olympians Matt Anderson, Kyle Caldwell, Carson Clark, Russell Holmes, Max Holt, Rich Lambourne, David Lee, Paul Lotman, Dave McKienzie, Garrett Muagututia, Jeff Menzel, Reid Priddy, Erik Shoji, Kawika Shoji, David Smith and Vaafuti Tavana.
All three Trojans have been working this summer with the USA men's team as the team prepares for various international competitions, including the 2016 Olympics.
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.
Troy (in 2011) and Ciarelli (in 2012) were both National College Players of the Year. Troy was an All-American first teamer in 2009 and 2011 while leading the Trojans to the NCAA Final Four both seasons. He set eight school rally scoring era season and career records. Ciarelli helped USC to three NCAA Final Four appeareances during his four seasons, plus back-to-back MPSF regular season championships for its first time ever and the 2009 MPSF Tournament tile. He set four USC aces records.