Christenson, Troy Help USA To Semifinal Win At NORCECA Tourney|
Sept. 28, 2013
USC junior Micah Christenson and former Trojan star Murphy Troy both helped the USA Men's National Team advance to the finals of the NORCECA (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Continental Championship on Friday (Sept. 27) with a 25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16 semifinal victory over Puerto Rico in Langley, B.C., Canada.
The USA will play for the gold medal at 8 p.m. PT on Saturday (Sept. 28) against host Canada, a 3-set winner over two-time defending NORCECA Championships champion Cuba. The Championship winner will qualify for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November.
Christenson set the entire match and had 2 kills, 2 blocks and an ace. Troy came off the bench in the second set and remained in the lineup the rest of the way, getting 11 points on 7 kills, 2 blocks and a match-best 2 aces.
Former Trojan Juan Figueroa came off the bench for Puerto Rico and played in 2 sets, getting 4 kills.
Christenson is seeing his first action with the USA National Team after playing extensively with the USA Junior and Youth National Teams in past years.
Troy, the 2011 Collegiate National Player of the Year, has played with the USA National Team in World League play. He also has played overseas in Italy.
The USA men are tied for fifth in the world rankings with Cuba.
The USA men last won the NORCECA Championship in 2007. They finished second to Cuba in 2009 and 2011. 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.