Christenson awarded the Most Valuable Player
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (October 1, 2017) –
United States setter Micah Christenson was awarded the
most valuable player award of the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship after leading Team USA to the gold medal in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Christenson was credited with 74 running sets for a 5.20 average
per set the U.S. played in the tournament. The Americans
converted 62.4 percent of its attacks in the tournament, largely
in part to Christenson’s setting. The U.S. won its 10th
NORCECA biennial championship in the process.
American Aaron Russell was tabbed Best Spiker as he
converted an amazing 72.6 percent of his attacks (37 kills on 51
swings) as part of 50 total points scored in the tournament.
Canada’s Stephen Maar was also selected to the
all-tournament team as Best Spiker with a 64.5 kill percent (40
kills on 62 swings). Canadian Sharone Vernon-Evans was
the Best Opposite with 32 kills and 43 points for 15th
best in the tournament. He also had a 61.5 kill percent, tops
among opposite players.
Costa Rica’s Alberto Blanco was the Best Scorer with 91
total points. Teammate Luis Chavez was named the Best
Libero and Best Digger as he had 2.18 digs per set and a 6.64
excellent efficiency in digs and receptions.
Mexico’s Jose Martinez was the leading Best Blocker with
0.75 blocks per set, while Guatemala’s Leonel Antonio Aragon
was second Best Blocker at 0.69 blocks per set. Mexico’s
Pedro Rangel was chosen as Best Setter with a 5.88 running
sets average per set. Jorge Barajas held a 78.8 receiving
efficiency (54 of 66) to earn Best Receiver honors.
Martinique’s Joann Breleur was tabbed as the Best Server
with a 1.00 aces per set average.
Tournament honors were determined based on the official
Most Valuable Player:
Micah Christenson (USA)
Alberto Blanco (CRC)
Aaron Russell (USA)
Stephen Maar (CAN)
Jose Martinez (MEX)
Leonel Antonio Aragon (GUA)
Pedro Rangel (MEX)
Sharone Vernon-Evans (CAN)
Luis Chavez (CRC)
Jorge Barajas (MEX)
Luis Chavez (CRC)
Joann Breleur (MQE)