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Micah Christenson


Micah Christenson

Hometown: Honolulu
Birth Year: 1993
Position: Setter
Height: 6-6
Weight: 190
College: USC (2011-15)
Joined Team: 2013

Twitter: @MChristenson5
Instagram: @MChristenson5


  • 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
  • In 2010, Christenson played on both the U.S. youth and junior teams and was named Best Setter at the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship, which the U.S. won


  • Was the starting setter for the U.S. Men as they won the 2014 FIVB World League and placed third at the 2015 World League
  • 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
  • Was supposed to play on the 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team, but got called up to the senior team instead
  • 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.
  • Began playing club volleyball in 2005 with Asics Quicksilver
  • Kamehameha High School won the 2011 state Division I championship and was the 2009 and 2010 runner-up. Christenson was named to the All-Tournament team all 3 years (he was Most Outstanding Player in 2011)
  • 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
  • Was recognized in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" for his 2011 accomplishments in volleyball and basketball
  • Was named AVCA and MPSF Newcomer of the Year after his freshman season at USC. Also an AVCA Second Team All-American
  • 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
  • Majoring in human biology at USC with a business minor

“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

“He’s an even better human being than he is a volleyball player. And he’s an exceptional volleyball player.” – USC Men’s Volleyball Coach Bill Ferguson in Volleyball Magazine

“I do think that I'm ready to play for a team overseas after my university career is over this year. Being able to have the international experience of playing with the USA team has helped me prepare for playing professionally overseas and I am excited for that next step in my career.” – Micah Christenson in interview with World of Volley

New Year's Interview: Micah Christenson – World of Volley
Video: USC Men’s Volleyball – Micah Christenson
Multitasking Machine – Volleyball Magazine
Freshman of the Year: Micah Christenson – Volleyball Magazine

Last updated Oct., 2015

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