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Micah Christenson
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Personal information
Full name Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson
Nationality United States American
Born May 8, 1993 (1993-05-08) (age 28)
Honolulu, HI, United States
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Spike 349 cm (137 in)
Block 340 cm (134 in)
College(s) University of Southern California
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Current club Russia Zenit-Kazan
Number 11
Career
Years Teams
2012–2015
2015–2018
2018–2021
2021–
United States USC Trojans
Italy Volley Lube
Italy Modena Volley
Russia Zenit-Kazan
National team
2013–  USA

Micah Makanamaikalani Christenson (born May 8, 1993) is an American volleyball player, member of the United States men's national volleyball team and Russian club Zenit Kazan. Bronze medalist of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, gold medalist of the 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup, 2013 NORCECA Champion.

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.

Career

Christenson was a star 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 a total of 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, the U.S.’s highest finish at the tournament to date. 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 USA 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 won 2016-2017 Superlega, Italy's top championship, with Cucine Lube Civitanova.

Sporting achievements

Clubs

  • CEV Champions League
    • Silver medal europe.svg 2017/2018 – with Cucine Lube Civitanova
  • FIVB Club World Championship
    • Silver medal world centered-2.svg Poland 2017 – with Cucine Lube Civitanova
  • National championships
    • 2016/2017 Simple gold cup.svg Italian Cup, with Cucine Lube Civitanova
    • 2016/2017 Gold medal with cup.svg Italian Championship, with Cucine Lube Civitanova
    • 2018/2019 Simple gold cup.svg Italian Supercup, with Modena Volley

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
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