Feb. 4, 2008
Theo Brunner helped lead the Gauchos to a pair of MPSF wins over 13th-ranked Hawai'i this past week, giving the season series to UCSB for the second consecutive year.
Over the two matches, the six-foot-seven senior middle blocker hit .459 (46-7-85) and averaged over five kills, one block, and almost six points per game. He played in all nine games during the series.
On Feb. 1, Brunner put away a match high 21 kills and totaled a match best 24 points as UCSB took a grueling five-game match over the Warriors. He hit .462 (21-3-39) with six digs and five blocks.
The following night, Brunner continued his hard-hitting ways with a team high 25 kills, hitting .457 (25-4-46). He also added four blocks and 27 points as the Gauchos won 3-1 in a match that saw all four games go to extra points.
Brunner, a 2007 AVCA All-American, needs just 34 more kills for 1,000 in his UCSB career.
He was named the Sport Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week as well as the MPSF/Molten Co-Player of the Week for his efforts against the Warriors. Brunner shares this week's MPSF honor with BYU outside hitter Ivan Perez.
UCSB, which has won its last three matches, plays at No. 9 Stanford Feb. 8 (7 p.m.) and at Pacific Feb. 9 (3 p.m.).
With the pair of wins over Hawai'i, the Gauchos returned to the AVCA poll this week at No. 13.