USC coach elated to have Christenson back for senior season

When USC’s season ended in April, coach Bill Ferguson admittedly was not completely sure if his All-American setter Micah Christenson would come back for his senior season.

Ferguson said in a recent interview with Off the Block that before Christenson opted to return to USC, the two had several discussions during the off-season about the chances of the setter foregoing his final college season to play professionally overseas.

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Video: USC coach, players react to sweep against Cal State Northridge

Coach Bill Ferguson didn’t have to worry about his team’s overlooking Cal State Northridge with looming match against No. 2 Long Beach State.

Ferguson said following No. 7 USC’s sweep against Cal State Northridge on Friday that the Trojans have started to tighten their play on the court and increased their focus heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

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Video: Coaches reaction, analysis to USC sweeping Hawai’i

Opposite Tanner Jansen for the second consecutive match led the Trojans in kills and helped No. 8 USC complete the conference series sweep against No. 9 Hawai’i.

Jansen had a match-high 13 kills as the Trojans swept the Rainbow Warriors 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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Q&A with USC men’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson

There is plenty of optimism for the USC players and coaches this preseason — and for good reason after struggling last year.

USC coach Bill Ferguson in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week called first half of his team’s preseason the best start to a training camp since he became the Trojans head coach. In addition, USC despite last season not qualifying for the MPSF Tournament for the first since 2006 returns a majority starters, and several players who missed most of the 2013 season because of injury are now returning to the court healthy.
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USC coach: No issue if Christenson plays for U.S. in Grand Champions Cup

USC coach Bill Ferguson is not only fine if his All-American setter Micah Christenson has to leave the team during the preseason to play with the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is encouraging it.

Ferguson said in an interview with Off the Block on Tuesday that he hopes Christenson is selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB World Grand Champions Cup because of the long-term benefits it would have for the setter and his team.

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