The U.S. men’s national volleyball team, with Hawaii’s Micah Christenson at setter and Erik Shoji at libero, defeated Argentina 3-1 today in Tokyo to win the FIVB World Cup and earn a berth in next summer’s Rio Olympics.
Christenson (Kamehameha) had 26 assists, three blocks, two aces, two digs and a kill in the 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 victory that gave the U.S. its first World Cup title in 30 years. Erik Shoji (Punahou) had eight digs and reserve setter Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) was used as a serving substitution as the U.S, finished 10-1.
Christenson earned the Best Setter Award and Erik Shoji the Best Libero Award.
The lone loss for the U.S. was on Monday to Poland, which was then upset by Italy. The three teams finished at 10-1 but the U.S. earned the gold and Italy the silver based on set ratio.
Italy also earned a spot in the Olympics, joining the U.S. and host Brazil in the competition next August.