Ex-Trojans Christenson, Troy Help U.S. Men's Volleyball Qualify For 2016 Olympics

    Murphy Troy (left) and Micah Christenson with their World Cup gold medals.
    Sept. 23, 2015

    Former USC men’s volleyball All-Americans Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy helped the U.S. Men’s National Team qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games by defeating Argentina on Wednesday (Sept. 23) to win the FIVB World Cup in Tokyo.

    It is the first time the U.S. Men have won the World Cup since 1985 and the first time ever that they have qualified for the Olympics at the World Cup.

    The victory over Argentina gave the U.S. a 10-1 record in World Cup play, tying it with Italy and Poland. The U.S. won the first tie-breaker, which was points earned for wins.

    Christenson, a 2014 and 2015 All-American first teamer at USC who set the U.S. to the 2014 FIVB World League gold medal and a bronze in 2015, was named the World Cup’s “Best Setter.” Troy, who came off the bench for the U.S. as an opposite hitter, was the 2011 National Collegiate Player of the Year and twice earned All-American first team honors (2009 and 2011) while leading the Trojans to NCAA Final Fours both seasons.

    USC men’s volleyball previously has produced 12 Olympians who have participated in 18 Games, including gold medalists Dusty Dvorak (1984), Pat Powers (1984), Steve Timmons (1984, 1988) and Gabe Gardner (2008) and bronze medalists Timmons (1992), Nick Becker (1992), Dan Greenbaum (1992) and Bryan Ivie (1992).