Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii/Honolulu
Birth Year: 1993
College Status: USC
Joined Team: 2013
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal). 2012 - NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (Gold Medal). 2011 - FIVB U21 World Championship. 2010 - NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship (Silver Medal). 2009 - FIVB U19 World Championship.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 - NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal). In his Senior National Team debut at the NORCECA Continental Championship, Christenson was named the best server, best setter and also named to the All-Star Team. Finished with 16 points on three kills, six blocks and seven aces. Credited with 71 running sets. 2012 – Named Best Setter and served as team captain as the U.S. Men's Junior Team won the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship and qualified for 2013 FIVB U21 World Championship... Finished with 87 running sets on 254 attempts with one error. 2011 – Team captain of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that finished fourth at the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil. 2010 – Competed in the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship (Gold Medal)… and qualified for the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship… Named Best Setter of the tournament… Finished the tournament with 5.13 running sets per set. Also in 2010, Christenson served as Team Captain for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship… Finished with 67 running sets (fourth among all setters)… scored 11 points on four kills and seven blocks. 2009 – Member of the Boys’ Youth National Team that took 11th at FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship… Named to USA Volleyball’s 2009 Indoor Team of the Year… Youngest setter ever to play for the United States in a World Championship… Finished 13th among all setters with 88 running sets and eight faults on 419 attempts and an average of 2.93 running sets per set in 14 sets played. Also scored 14 points on six kills, five blocks and three aces.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Micah’s Outrigger club team earned second place at the 2010 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship in the 18U Open Division…Micah made the All-Tournament team…In 2008 he was named captain of the High Performance Select A1 Red Team in Tucson, Ariz. … Finished first in SCVA Boys’ Qualifier in California in the 17U Division...... First Team All-State his sophomore year…Named Volleyball Magazine First Team High School All-American as a sophomore… All-Conference for volleyball all four years…All-Conference for basketball three years… Gatorade Player of the Year for basketball his junior and senior year… State Player of the Year for volleyball his senior year.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – During his freshman season at USC, played in 102 sets…Tallied 1,097 assists with an average of 10.89 assists per set... Ranked fourth in the nation in assists average… Led the Trojans to a .296 hitting percentage… Added 12 service aces to the teams total of 124… Named AVCA and MPSF Newcomer of the Year... Named AVCA Second Team All-American.
PERSONAL: Born Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson on May 8, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii... Parents are Robert and Charlene Christenson...Has a sister Joanna... Father played basketball at University of Hawaii-Hilo...Mother played volleyball at University of Hawaii-Hilo where she won three national championships and was named a two-time All-American... Micah also played basketball…His high school team won the state championship when he was a sophomore and reached the championship game again in 2010... He was named the 2010 Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Co-Player of the Year (basketball)…Also made the Honolulu Star Bulletin All-State Fab 15 team (and Co-Player of the Year) when he averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds…He made the 2009 Honolulu Advertiser All-State and Honolulu Star Bulletin All-State Fab 15 teams… Micah began playing club volleyball in 2005 with Asics Quicksilver…Favorite food is his mom’s fried rice... Favorite book is the Bible...Favorite sports team is the Dallas Mavericks and favorite athlete is Larry Bird... Hobbies include hanging out with friends at the beach... Most admired people are his parents for their wonderful example…Micah says that his best moment in life is still to be determined.
Updated May 2013