21 - Theo Brunner
Theo Brunner
Born: 03/17/1985
Height: 6-7
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn.
High School: Ridgefield
Position: Middle Blocker
Career Highs
Kills: 23 at Pacific, 1/12/07
Attack Percentage: .889 (16-0-18) at Pepperdine, 2/8/05
Assists: 3 vs. Stanford, 1/28/06
Service Aces: 3 vs. Hawai'i, 1/13/06
Digs: 4, multiple times
Blocks: 8, multiple times
Points: 24.5, multiple times

2008 CO-CAPTAIN

2007
An AVCA First Team All-American...All-MPSF First Team selection...Started 31 matches and played 113 games at middle blocker...Fourth in the nation with a .531 attack percentage, a UCSB single season record...Helped the Gauchos finish second in the country in attack percentage at .363, also a school single season record...Finished second in hitting in the MPSF, swinging at a .531 clip in league contests...Led the Gauchos in total blocks (120) and blocks per game (1.06)...Second on the team in total kills (365), kills per game (3.23), total points (450.5), and points per game (3.99)...Hit .500 or better 19 times...Hit .600 or better in 11 matches...Eclipsed the .700 mark six times...Hit .800 twice, the first time vs. Cal State Northridge (12-0-15, 1/6) and again at USC (13-1-15, 4/11)...The .800 clip was the highest of any Gaucho in 2007...Amassed 10 or more kills in 23 of 31 matches played...Posted a career high 23 kills at Pacific (1/12)...Had multiple blocks in all but three matches...Tallied four or more blocks 20 times...Led UCSB in blocks in 17 matches...Had a season best seven blocks at Hawai'i (2/8) and vs. UCLA (4/11)...Set a new career high with 24.5 points at Pacific (1/12) and vs. Penn State (3/12)...Made his way onto UCSB career top 10 lists for block assists and total blocks.

2006
All-MPSF Honorable Mention...The only Gaucho to play in all 103 of the squad's games...Started 28 of 29 matches...Tied for 13th in the nation with a .427 hitting percentage...Sixth among MPSF players with a .433 attack percentage in league matches...His 264 kills tied him with Bryan Berman for second most on the team...Led the Gauchos with 90 total blocks...Was second on the roster with 335 points...Posted 10 or more kills in 13 matches...Recorded a season high 16 kills vs. USC (4/5)...Set a new career high with three aces against Hawai'i (1/13)...Tied his career high with eight blocks on two occasions, the first at Cal State Northridge (3/31) and the second in the very next match vs. USC (4/5)...Had multiple blocks in 21 matches and four or more in 10 contests...Hit over .500 11 times...Went 8-0-10 for an .800 clip at UC San Diego (2/2) and again vs. Lewis (3/7)...Season high in points was 22 against USC (4/5).

2005
All-MPSF Honorable Mention...Competed in 105 games...Posted a stellar .486 hitting percentage, finishing fourth in the MPSF and setting a new UCSB single season record in the process...Finished the year with 73 block assists, including a career high eight at Pacific (1/28)...Ranked third on the team with 232 kills and 407 total attacks, and second with 19 block solos...Amassed 292.5 points, second on the team, with a career high 24 against Stanford (3/5).

2004
Redshirt.

High School
A 2003 graduate of Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Conn....Played four years at setter and middle blocker for coach Bob Sonnenstuhl...Earned First Team All-FCIAC and First Team All-State honors after leading the Tigers to the 2003 Connecticut Class L State Championship...Also an all-league first team pick in 2002...Set a Ridgefield career record with 1,050 kills...Played three years of varsity basketball and was an all-conference performer.

Club
Spent two years with Connecticut Juniors...Coached by Ryan Woodcock.

Personal
Theodore Allan Brunner was born March 17, 1985 in Palo Alto, Calif....Goes by Theo...Parents are Tim and Sally Brunner...Has an older brother, Max, an older sister, Emily, and a younger sister, Lydia...A philosophy major with a minor in history...Would like to play volleyball professionally following his career in Santa Barbara...Enjoys video games, especially "Gitaroo Man"...Favorite TV show is "Lost"...Likes to listen to Pink Floyd...Fills up on pizza...Winning a Cal Cup beach event with current Gaucho teammate Ben Brockman is one of his most memorable moments in sports.

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