Micah Christenson Leads USA To Norceca Gold|
Sept. 29, 2013
USC junior Micah Christenson led the USA Men's National Team to the won the NORECA (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Continental Championship for the first time since 2007 when it defeated Canada, 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 on Saturday (Sept. 28) in Langley, B.C., Canada.
Christenson, who was playing in his first tournament with the senior National Team after playing extensively with the USA Junior and Youth National Teams in past years, won awards as the tourney's Best Server and Best Setter. He also was one of three Americans named to the All-Star Team. He had 2 blocks in the match.
Former Trojan Murphy Troy, the 2011 Collegiate National Player of the Year, did not play in the championship match after appearing in pool play and semifinal matches.
The USA finished the tournament 4-0 and qualified for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan. Canada (3-1) won the silver medal and Cuba (4-1) took the bronze by beating Puerto Rico, which included former Trojan Juan Figueroa on its roster.
The USA men are tied for fifth in the world rankings with Cuba, who came into the tourney as the two-time defending NORCECA Championships champion.
Overall, the United States has won the Men's NORCECA Championship now eight times since it was first held in 1969. Cuba, the only other team to have won, has 15 titles.