Micah Christenson, Murphy Troy To Lead USA Men's Volleyball At NORCECA Tourney
Sept. 23, 2013
USC junior setter Micah Christenson and former Trojan All-American Murphy Troy, the 2011 National Player of the Year, will be on the USA's 12-man roster for the 2013 NORCECA Men's Continental Championship on Sept. 23-28 in Langley, B.C., Canada.
The biennial NORCECA (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Championship will qualify the victor for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup on Nov. 19-24 in Japan.
The USA will open play with Pool A matches against St. Lucia at 4 p.m. PT on Sept. 23 and Dominican Republic at 8 p.m. PT on Sept. 24. Championship round play begins on Sept. 26, with the finals on Sept. 28.
Bahamas, Cuba and Puerto Rico are in Pool B. Pool C is composed of Canada, Guatemala and Mexico.
The USA men are tied for fifth in the world rankings with Cuba, the two-time defending NORCECA Championships champion.
Christenson is one of three players (along with Jeff Menzel and Futi Tavana) competing in international play with the USA National Team for the first time in their careers.
But Christenson has a wealth of international experience at lower levels. 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 has had significant international playing time for the USA Men at the 2013 FIVB World League, where the team finished 12th. He has also competed professionally overseas in Italy.
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.
The USA men last won the NORCECA Championship in 2007. They finished second to Cuba in 2009 and '11. Overall, the United States has won the Men's NORCECA Championship seven times since it was first held in 1969. Cuba, the only other team to have won, has 15 titles.
The complete schedule (all times PT):
4 p.m.: United States vs. St. Lucia (Group A)
6 p.m.: Cuba vs. Bahamas (Group B)
8 p.m.: Canada vs. Guatemala (Group C)
4 p.m.: Mexico vs. Guatemala (Group C)
6 p.m.: Cuba vs. Puerto Rico (Group B)
8 p.m.: United States vs. Dominican Republic (Group A)
4 p.m.: Puerto Rico vs. Bahamas (Group B)
6 p.m.: Dominican Republic vs. St. Lucia (Group A)
8 p.m.: Canada vs. Mexico (Group C)
9th-Place Final, 4 p.m.
Quarterfinals, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals, 8 p.m.
7th/8th-Place Final, 4 p.m.
Semifinals, 6 p.m.
Semifinals, 8 p.m.
Fifth-Place Match, 4 p.m.
Bronze-Medal Match, 6 p.m.
Championship Finals, 8 p.m.