Christenson Named All-MPSF First Team, Yoder Is Freshman Of Year

    Micah Christenson

    April 17, 2014

    Junior setter Micah Christenson was named to the 2014 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball first team, while outside hitter Lucas Yoder was named the MPSF Freshman of the Year.

    Yoder also was named to the All-MPSF second team along with senior libero Henry Cassiday.

    Middle blocker Andy Benesh joined Yoder on the MPSF All-Freshman team. Benesh also made All-MPSF honorable mention.

    Christenson, who was the starting setter last summer for the U.S. Men's National Team at the NORCECA Continental Championships and FIVB Grand Champions Cup, currently leads the nation in assists (11.69) and is 14th in digs (2.36, fifth in the MPSF). He tops USC in assists (1,017) and aces (25). He is a finalist for the Off The Block Lloy Ball Award presented to the nation's top collegiate setter.

    Cassiday currently is second nationally in digs (3.04, first in the MPSF). He has a team-best 295 digs. His 21 digs against Pepperdine this year set a USC rally scoring era match record. His 295 digs in 2014 are 20 shy of tying the school record. He has had double figures in digs a school-record 17 times in 2014, including 7 times with at least 15 digs.

    Yoder and Benesh, who recently were named to the Off The Block Freshman All-American team, are both first-year freshmen. Yoder currently is seventh nationally in kills (4.04, fourth in the MPSF) and 12th in points (4.36, fifth in the MPSF). He leads USC in kills (384). He has had double figures in kills 23 times in 2014, including 15 times with at least 15 kills (5 times with 20-plus). Benesh currently is sixth nationally in hitting percentage (.440, second in the MPSF). He is USC's block leader (91) and is hitting .440, tops among the Trojan regulars.



    Yoder joins his late father, Dave, as having made an All-Conference second team while at USC. Dave made the All-Conference second team in 1987 after being honorable mention in 1986. Lucas' uncle, Bob, was a 3-time All-Conference first team selection in 1976-77-78 at USC.