Micah Christenson


Name: Micah Christenson
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Setter
Height: 6-6 (198cm)
Weight: 190 (86kg)
DOB: 5/8/1993
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Kamehameha High School
College: USC '15, human biology with business minor
Olympic Experience
  • Won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games
Other Career Highlights
  • Named Best Setter at the 2015 FIVB World Cup as the U.S. Men won and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Named Best Server and Best Setter in his debut with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship. He was also named to the all-star team
  • In 2009, became the youngest setter ever to play for the United States in a world championship when he played with the U.S. Boys’ Youth Team at age 16
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  • Finished first among setters at the 2016 Olympic Games with 340 running sets and three faults in 31 sets (10.97 running sets per set). A running set is general defined as a set that puts a hitter against zero or one blocker.
  • Was the starting setter for the U.S. Men as they won the 2014 FIVB World League and finished third in 2015
  • Named Best Setter and Best Blocker at the 2015 NORCECA Champions Cup
  • Named Best Setter and served as team captain as the 2012 U.S. Men's Junior Team won the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship and qualified for 2013 FIVB U21 World Championship
  • Four-year starter at USC. Three-year co-captain. Three-time AVCA All American (2012, 2014, 2015). Two-time winner of the Off The Block Lloy Ball Award (2014, 2015) presented to the nation's top men's collegiate setter
  • 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.
  • Was named AVCA and MPSF Newcomer of the Year after his freshman season at USC. Also an AVCA Second Team All-American
  • 2011 Volleyball Magazine All-American first team, Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list and Honolulu Star-Advertister All-State Player of the Year as a senior at Kamehameha-Kapalama High in Honolulu
  • Played volleyball and basketball at Kamehameha High School. Led his teams to three state championship titles (basketball in 2009 and 2011, and volleyball in 2011) and played in a total of six state championship games
  • Began playing club volleyball in 2005 with Asics Quicksilver
Personal: Full name is Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson. Makanamaikjalani means "Gift from Heaven." Micah's parents gave him that name because his mother had to have surgery while pregnant with Micah and it was not known if he would survive... Father Robert played basketball at the University of Hawaii-Hilo... Mother Charlene played volleyball at Hilo, where she won three national championships and was named a two-time All-American... Micah married Brooke Fournier in Hawaii shortly after the 2016 Olympic Games. Fournier played beach volleyball for USC in 2013-14 after transferring from Arkansas' indoor team.

The Big Blurb
“Micah has a bright future with the U.S. team. He plays with poise and resolve. He listens well and is easily coached.” – Lloy Ball, four-time Olympic setter with the U.S. Men’s Team and 2008 gold medalist

The Quote
“I just tried to do my job and work as hard as I could. I don't like just coming in and expecting any type of respect from anybody. I think you have to earn it. I tried to keep my head down and work as hard as I could and do the best that I could to earn my teammates' trust and support.” – Micah Christenson on starting with the Men's National Team at a young age

Related Links
Christenson furthers legacy with Olympic appearance - Daily Trojan
Men's Volleyball Team a True Unit - Team USA
Volleyball Serving Challenge with U.S. Men's Team - Olympic Channel
Micah Christenson on the Settlers of Catan - FIVB
Video: USC Men’s Volleyball – Micah Christenson
Multitasking Machine – Volleyball Magazine

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