Brunner Named AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week

Feb. 4, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball player Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week it was announced Monday. In addition, the senior middle blocker was tabbed the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)/Molten Player of the Week.

Brunner, a 2007 AVCA All-American, 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 Brunner 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 needs just 34 more kills for 1,000 in his UCSB career.

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.

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