COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2015) – Micah Christenson is a star setter for Cucine Lube Banca Marche Civitanova in Italy this winter. But during the summer, he is USA Volleyball’s all-American setter. Here are five things you might not know about Christenson:
- He was also a top basketball player at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu and led his team to state basketball championships in 2009 and 2011. The University of Hawaii offered him the chance to play both sports.
- Christenson majored in human biology at USC with the intention of becoming a physical therapist.
- His mother, Charlene, played volleyball at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, where she won three national championships and was named a two-time All-American. Father Robert played basketball at the same school.
- He was named the MVP of his second professional club match played in Italy.
- His full name is Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson. Makanamaikalani 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
Christenson and his team suffered their first league loss of the season on Nov. 29 when they fell to DHL Modena, 25-22, 25-19, 18-25, 19-25, 17-15. Christenson scored one point with a block and set his team to a .367 hitting efficiency. Both Civitanova and Modena lead the league with 7-1 records.
Sir Safety Conad Perugia, with Americans Aaron Russell and Sam Holt on the roster, is in third place in the league.
Outside hitter Brian Cook, middle blocker Taylor Averill and Tonazzo Padova got their second win of the league season when they beat CMC Romagna, 30-28, 25-20, 28-26 on Nov. 29. Cook scored 12 points on nine kills and a match-high three blocks. Averill added 10 points on four kills, two blocks and a match-high four aces.
The Berlin Recycling Volleys with libero Erik Shoji and outside hitter Paul Lotman continued undefeated in league play with a 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 win over TV Rottenburg on Nov. 28. Lotman scored 10 points on nine kills and one ace and was credited with 26 receptions, 50 percent positive. Shoji was credited with nine receptions, 89 percent positive.
Setter Matt West and the SWD powervolleys fell to United Volleys RheinMain, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 on Nov. 28. West set his team to a .265 hitting efficiency and scored two points on two kills.
Middle blocker Scott Kevorken and SVG Luneburg fell to VfB Friedrichshafen, 27-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-19 on Nov. 28. Kevorken scored five points on two kills, one block and two aces.
Setter Kawika Shoji and Arkas Izmir defeated Sahinbey Bld., 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 on Nov. 28. Shoji scored seven points on four kills, one block and two aces and set his team to a .505 hitting efficiency.
Opposite Will Price led all scorers with 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as Istanbul BBSK fell to Ziraat Bankasi, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-13 on Nov. 28. Price scored on 26 kills and one block.
Opposite Murphy Troy and Lotos Trefl Gdansk defeated Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle, 25-19, 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-10 on Nov. 28. Troy played as a substitute and scored two points on two kills.
Middle blocker Russell Holmes and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow defeated Cuprum Lubin, 19-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 15-10. Holmes played as a substitute, but did not score. Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke is also on Rzeszow’s roster, but is not playing due to an injured stomach muscle, according to Polish news reports.
Middle blocker David Smith and Tours continued to struggle, falling 25-16, 25-20, 25-23 to Paris on Nov. 28. Smith scored eight points on four kills and a match-high four blocks. American Jace Olsen is also on Tours’ roster but did not play in the match.
Libero Dustin Watten and Nancy fell to Toulouse, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 on Nov. 28. Watten was credited with 23 receptions, 83 percent positive.
Outside hitter Scott Rhein scored 11 points on eight kills and three blocks as Chaumont defeated Ajaccio, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 on Nov. 28. Chaumont leads the French league with a 6-1 record.
Aaron Russell had a breakout performance for Sir Safety Perugia as it defeated Mirad Pu Presov of Slovakia, 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 on Dec. 1. Russell led all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 18 kills, one block and two aces. Russell was also credited with 24 receptions, 46 percent positive. Sam Holt played in the match as a substitute.
CEV Champions League
Christenson and Civitanova (3-0) defeated Dukla Liberec of Czech Republic, 25-23, 27-25, 25-18 in a CEV Cup match on Dec. 3. Christenson scored two points on two blocks and set his team to a .592 hitting efficiency.
Matt Anderson, who plays outside hitter for Russia’s Zenit Kazan (3-0), helped his team defeat Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16 on Dec. 2. Anderson finished with eight points on eight kills.
Erik Shoji, Paul Lotman and the Berlin Recycling Volleys (1-2) defeated Bulgaria’s Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 on Nov. 2. Lotman scored seven points on six kills and one block. He was credited with 19 receptions, 59 percent positive. Shoji was credited with 11 receptions, 82 percent positive.
Murphy Troy and Lotos Trefl Gkansk (2-1) beat ACH Volley Ljubljana of Slovenia, 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 on Dec. 3. Troy started the third set and scored seven points on six kills and one block.
David Smith and Tours (2-1) fell to Italy’s Trentino Diatec, 25-10, 25-20, 26-24. Smith scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace.