Freshman of the Year: Micah Christenson

Micah Christenson, USC's starting setter, received the freshman of the year award from VBM.
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Micah Christenson, USC's starting setter, received the freshman of the year award from VBM.

Micah Christenson doesn’t have an unathletic bone in his body. As a 6'5" star basketball and volleyball player for Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, he led his teams to three state championship titles (basketball in 2009 and both sports in 2011) and played in a total of six state championship games. The freshman starting setter for the 2012 Trojans squad racked up 1097 assists with an average of 10.75 per game, ranking him eighth in the nation.

Like VBM Player of the Year, Tony Ciarelli, Christenson comes from a legacy of athletes. His mother, Charlene, was a two-time All-American and three-time national champion at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His father, Robert, also attended University of Hawaii at Hilo where he played basketball.

Christenson 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. Although Christenson has lots of college career left, he’s already thinking about his future and is determined to be on Team USA’s roster some day.

No stranger to accolades, Christenson was named to All-State and All-Conference teams in high school, VBM’s All-American First Team and the Fab 50 List, and was selected as the 2010 Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year.

In his first college season, Christenson was named an AVCA Second-Team All-American and fought with the rest of his talented Trojan teammates all the way to the championship match where he accumulated 38 assists. There’s little question that USC’s young setter will continue to facilitate success for his team and we’re likely to see him in another championship match down the road.

Originally published in July 2012

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