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Personal information
Full name Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson
Nationality American
Born (1993-05-08) May 8, 1993 (age 30)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Spike 137 in (349 cm)
Block 130 in (340 cm)
College(s) University of Southern California
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Current club Zenit Kazan
Number 11
Years Teams
USC Trojans
Volley Lube
Modena Volley
Zenit Kazan
National team
2013–  USA
Men's volleyball
Representing  United States
Olympic rings.svg
Olympic Games
Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro
FIVB World Championship
Bronze 2018 Italy/Bulgaria
FIVB World Cup
Gold 2015 Japan
Gold 2023 Japan
Bronze 2019 Japan
FIVB World League
Gold 2014 Florence
Bronze 2015 Rio de Janeiro
FIVB Nations League
Silver 2019 Chicago
Silver 2022 Bologna
Silver 2023 Gdańsk
Bronze 2018 Lille
NORCECA Championship
Gold 2013 Langley
Gold 2017 Colorado Springs
Gold 2023 Charleston

Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson (born May 8, 1993) is an American professional volleyball player who plays as a setter for Zenit Kazan and the U.S. national team. He was a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the 2018 World Championship; the 2014 World League and the 2015 World Cup winner.

Personal life

Christenson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Robert and Charlene Christenson. His parents both attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where his father, Robert, played basketball and his mother, Charlene, won three volleyball national championships and was named a two-time All-American. His sister, Joanna, played volleyball at Southern Utah University. Christenson began playing club volleyball in 2005 with Asics Quicksilver; he also played basketball and was two time Gatorade Player of the year in Hawai'i.

Christenson is married to Brooke Christenson. They have two sons together. Christenson is a Christian.


Christenson was a basketball and volleyball player for Kamehameha Schools Kapālama in Honolulu, graduating in 2011. He led his teams to three state championship titles (basketball in 2009 and 2011, and volleyball in 2011) and played in six state championship games. He attended the University of Southern California and played for the USC Trojans men's volleyball team. He was a starter on the U.S. Junior National Team that won a gold medal in the 2010 NORCECA Junior Championship in Canada and also played the FIVB 2009 Boy's Youth World Championship in Italy. In 2011 he played for the U.S. Junior National Team during the 2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship in Brazil where the team placed fourth. He captained the U.S. Junior National Team to win a gold medal at the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs.

He was supposed to play on the 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team but got called up to the senior team instead. He debuted with the U.S. national team at the NORCECA Championship, which U.S. won; Christenson was named Best Server and Best Setter in this tournament. He also competed in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. In 2014 he won the gold medal at the World League, held in Florence, Italy. He began senior-level competition at age 20. He is the youngest starting setter to ever compete for the U.S. on a national team for both junior level and senior level.

At club level, he played on the team that won 2016-2017 Superlega, Italy's top championship, with Cucine Lube Civitanova.

As of 2021, he signed a two-year contract to play in the Russian club, Zenit Kazan. Suffering only one loss in the entirety of the 2020 Russian SuperLeague in their first match against Dynamo Moscow , Kazan was able to win the first season of the Superleague.



  • CEV Champions League
    • Silver medal europe.svg 2017–18 – with Cucine Lube Civitanova
  • FIVB Club World Championship
    • Silver medal world centered-2.svg Poland 2017 – with Cucine Lube Civitanova
  • Domestic
    • 2016–17 Simple gold cup.svg Italian Cup, with Cucine Lube Civitanova
    • 2016–17 Gold medal with cup.svg Italian Championship, with Cucine Lube Civitanova
    • 2018–19 Simple gold cup.svg Italian Supercup, with Modena Volley
    • 2021–22 Simple gold cup.svg Russian Cup, with Zenit Kazan
    • 2022–23 Simple gold cup.svg Russian Cup, with Zenit Kazan
    • 2022–23 Gold medal with cup.svg Russian Superleague, with Zenit Kazan

Individual awards

  • 2013: NORCECA Championship – Best setter
  • 2013: NORCECA Championship – Best server
  • 2015: FIVB World Cup – Best setter
  • 2017: NORCECA Championship – Most valuable player
  • 2018: FIVB World Championship – Best setter
  • 2019: FIVB Nations League – Best setter
  • 2019: FIVB World Cup – Best setter
  • 2022: FIVB Nations League – Best setter
  • 2023: FIVB Nations League – Best setter
  • 2023: NORCECA Championship – Most valuable player

See also

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