14 - Matt Thobe
Matt Thobe
Birth Date: 10/21/1985
Height: 6-5
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Westchester, Calif.
High School: Loyola
Position: MB
Career Highs
Kills: 6, multiple times
Attack Percentage: 1.000 at BYU (3/29/08)
Assists: 2 vs. Stanford (1/28/06)
Aces: 2 vs. USC (3/12/08)
Digs: 2, multiple times
Blocks: 7 at Cal State Northridge (3/5/08)
Points: 10.5 vs. USC (3/12/08)

UC Santa Barbara
2008: Started six of the 14 matches he played in ... Averaged 1.47 kills, .93 blocks, and 2.17 points over 30 sets ... Had six kills and seven blocks at Cal State Northridge (3/5) ... Followed that with five kills and six blocks vs. USC in the next match (3/12) ... Hit a perfect 1.000 (6-0-6) in two sets at BYU (3/29). 2007: Did not play in any matches. 2006: Played in nine matches and 17 games after redshirting the 2005 season ... Had his best match against Stanford (1/28), posting three kills, two digs, four blocks, and five points in the three-gamer ... Hit .333 in that match with one error in six attempts ... Totaled six kills, two assists, three digs, five blocks, and 8.5 points on the season. 2005: Redshirt.

High School
A 2004 graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles ... Played four years at middle blocker for coach Michael Boehle ... A First Team All-Mission League pick in 2004 ... Also picked up Third Team All-CIF honors in 2004 ... Cubs were CIF Division I champions in 2003 and 2004 ... Garnered the team's Most Improved Player award following the 2004 season ... Graduated with honors and was an AP Scholar.

Club
Played club for Beach Cities (1999), Southern California Volleyball Club (2002), and Riptides (2003-04) ... SCVC won a bronze medal at the 2002 Junior Olympics ... Named to the all-tournament team at the 2003 Junior Olympics.

Personal
Matthew Minter Thobe was born Oct. 21, 1985 in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Parents are Christie and Greg ... Has an older brother, Nick ... Majoring in environmental studies with minors in chemistry and history ... Interested in environmental consulting and energy research ... Won UCSB's Golden Eagle Award in 2008 for highest GPA on the team ... Thumbs through Popular Science ... Christopher Walken is his favorite actor ... Led Zeppelin and their Whole Lotta Love remain his top band and song ... Lists The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis as his favorite movie ... Most cherished possession is his waterbed ... Beating high school rival Mira Costa in front of 2,200 people is his most memorable moment in sports ... Also recruited by Cal State Northridge, NYU, and USC.

Career Numbers

Year     SP   MP   K    E   TA   Pct.   Ast.   SA   DIG   BS   BA   TB   Pts.
2006     17   9    6    4   13   .154   2      0    3     0    5    5    8.5
2008     30   14   44   16  83   .337   0      6    5     2    26   28   65.0
Totals   47   23   50   20  96   .313   2      6    8     2    31   33   73.5

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