Feb. 11, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second straight week, UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball player Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)/Molten Player of the Week. Brunner not only put up big numbers in two matches, he also surpassed the 1,000-career kills mark.
Brunner, a senior middle blocker, posted match highs with 20 kills, seven blocks, and 23.5 points in a 3-1 loss at No. 9 Stanford on Feb. 8. He also hit a team best .533 (20-4-30). In a 3-1 win at Pacific on Feb. 9, Brunner tied a career high with eight blocks and hit a match best .533 (18-2-30). He also had team highs with 18 kills and 23.5 points.
For the week, Brunner averaged 4.75 kills, 1.88 blocks, and 5.88 points per game. He hit a consistent .533 (38-6-60) over the two matches.
Brunner's 14th kill against Pacific gave him 1,000 for his career, making him just the 10th Gaucho in school history to hit the mark. The 2007 AVCA All-American has 143 kills thus far this season, putting him at 1,004 overall.
Brunner shares this week's MPSF honor with UC Irvine junior opposite Jon Stellar. Brunner was last week's MPSF/Molten Player of the Week as well after helping UCSB sweep a two-match series against Hawai'i by averaging 5.1 kills, one block, and 5.67 points per game.
UCSB, ranked 14th in the latest AVCA poll, has a light week as it hosts just one match, a non-conference tilt against UC Santa Cruz on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The Banana Slugs are ranked first among all NCAA Division III schools.
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