Birth Year: 1993
College Status: USC (junior year)
Joined Team: 2013
- 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
DID YOU KNOW?
- 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
- Christenson was supposed to play on the 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team, but got called up to the senior team instead.
- 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. 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
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
“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
“The lessons I learned at this tournament (2013 Grand Champions Cup) were immense. You can only learn those lessons by playing these top tier teams at such a high level.” – Micah Christenson
Video: USC Men’s Volleyball – Micah Christenson
Multitasking Machine – Volleyball Magazine
Freshman of the Year: Micah Christenson – Volleyball Magazine