Christenson, Troy Win Men's Volleyball Bronze Medals With Comeback Over Russia

    Micah Christenson (left) and Murphy Troy
    Aug. 21, 2016

    The No. 5-ranked U.S. men's volleyball team, with former USC All-Americans Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy, came back from a 2-set deficit to capture the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with a 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 win over No. 3 Russia on Sunday (Aug. 21).

    The U.S. went on a 3-0 late run in the fifth set to build an 11-9 lead that the Russians couldn't overcome. It was the second bronze medal won by the U.S. men in Olympic play, along with one in 1992. The U.S. also has won 3 Olympic golds.

    Christenson, the starting setter for the U.S. throughout these Games, had 60 assists, 5 digs, 2 kills and 1 ace against Russia. Troy did not see action in the match.

    After starting off the Rio Games with a pair of losses (to No. 12 Canada in 3 sets and Italy in 4 sets), the U.S. squad won its final 3 Group Play contests, beating No. 1 Brazil in 4 sets, No. 11 France in 4 sets and No. 26 Mexico in 3 sets to advance to a quarterfinal berth, where it swept No. 2 Poland before losing a 5-set heartbreaker to No. 4 Italy in the semifinals.