Micah Christenson Leads U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball To Upset Over No. 1 Brazil

    Micah Christenson
    Aug. 11, 2016

    The U.S. men’s volleyball team, behind outstanding setting and serving by former USC All-American Micah Christenson, got itself back into contention in the Olympics by upsetting the world’s top-ranked team, host Brazil, 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, in Olympic Group Play on Thursday (Aug. 11).

    Christenson had 48 assists, 4 aces, 6 digs, 4 kills and 1 block. Fellow ex-Trojan All-American Murphy Troy came off the bench several times to serve for the U.S., his first action in the Rio Olympics.

    It was a crucial victory for the fifth-ranked U.S. squad, which began Group Play with losses to No. 12 Canada in 3 sets on Sunday and No. 4 Italy in 4 sets on Tuesday.

    Next up for the U.S. is a Group Play match on Saturday (Aug. 13) at 1 p.m. PT against No. 11 France. The match can be viewed via live stream on NBCOlympics.com .

    The U.S. then finishes Group Play on Monday (Aug. 15) versus No. 26 Mexico at 7:30 a.m. PT. Four teams from both of the 6-team Groups will advance to the Olympic quarterfinals.