June 21, 2016
Micah Christenson (left) and Murphy Troy
Former USC men’s volleyball All-Americans Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy have been named to the 12-player U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It will be the first Olympic appearances for Christenson, the U.S. team’s likely starting setter, and Troy, who will compete for playing time at opposite hitter.
Christenson, a 2014 and 2015 All-American first teamer at USC, set the U.S. to the 2015 FIVB World Cup gold medal as well as the 2014 FIVB World League gold medal and a bronze in 2015. Troy, who came off the bench as an opposite hitter on the 2015 FIVB World Cup gold medalist squad, 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).
The U.S. Men, who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games by winning the 2015 FIVB World Cup, are currently ranked fifth in the world. Olympic host Brazil is ranked No. 1.
The U.S. Men have qualified for 10 previous Olympic Games: 1964, ’68, ’84, ’88, ’92, ’96, 2000, ’04, ’08 and ’12. They won the Olympic gold medal in 1984, ’88 and 2008 and won bronze in 1992. The U.S. Men finished tied for fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games.
The U.S. Men will begin play in the 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 7 against Canada.
Heading into Rio, USC Athletics has produced more Olympians (423), medalists (288) and gold medalists (135) than any other U.S. university. A Trojan has won a gold medal at every summer Olympics since 1912.