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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 tournament stats.


Tournament Awards

Most Valuable Player: Micah Christenson (USA)

Best Scorer: Alberto Blanco (CRC)

Best Spiker: Aaron Russell (USA)

Best Spiker: Stephen Maar (CAN)

Best Middle: Jose Martinez (MEX)

Best Middle: Leonel Antonio Aragon (GUA)

Best Setter: Pedro Rangel (MEX)

Best Opposite: Sharone Vernon-Evans (CAN)

Best Libero: Luis Chavez (CRC)

Best Receiver: Jorge Barajas (MEX)

Best Digger: Luis Chavez (CRC)

Best Server: Joann Breleur (MQE)