U.S. Men’s Volleyball, Featuring Christenson and Troy, Beat France For Second Straight Olympics Win

    Micah Christenson
    Aug. 13, 2016

    The U.S. men’s volleyball team, with contributions from ex-USC All-Americans Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy, stayed alive in Olympic Group Play by posting their second consecutive victory, 25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22 over No. 11 France on Saturday (Aug. 13).

    The fifth-ranked U.S. squad, which beat No. 1 Brazil in 4 sets on Thursday after dropping its opening 2 matches of Group Play (to No. 12 Canada in 3 sets and No. 4 Italy in 4 sets), has now given itself a better chance to advance into bracket play after its dire start. The U.S. finishes Group Play on Monday (Aug. 15) versus No. 26 Mexico at 7:30 a.m. PT in a match that can be viewed via live stream on NBCOlympics.com . Four teams from both of the 6-team Groups will advance to the Olympic quarterfinals.

    Christenson, the starting setter for the U.S., had 42 assists, 2 kills and a dig against France. Troy came off the bench briefly in 2 sets as a serving substitute.