Bryan Berman and Theo Brunner Earn All-MPSF Honorable Mentions

April 25, 2006

Junior outside hitter Bryan Berman and sophomore middle blocker Theo Brunner were named All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Honorable Mentions Monday by the conference's coaches.

Berman, a Palmdale, Calif. native, earned the recognition for the first time after a breakthrough season in which he amassed 264 kills in 97 games played, good enough for a 2.72 kills per game average. Berman's .320 hitting percentage was the fourth-best on the team and a vast improvement from his .191 hitting percentage from a year ago. Berman finished in double-digits in kills 13 times and had a season-high 21 kills in UCSB's four-game loss to UC Irvine on Feb. 11.

The only other Gaucho to play more games than Berman was Brunner, who didn't miss one game in 2006. Brunner, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, was a staple of consistency for Santa Barbara, not only because of his perfect attendance record, but also because of his constant efficiency on the attack. Brunner finished the season with a .439 hitting percentage overall and his .433 clip in conference play was sixth-best in the league. Brunner was also an instrumental part of the Gaucho block, accounting for 0.87 blocks per game, tops on the team. This is the second time Brunner has been an All-MPSF Honorable Mention in two years.

UC Irvine swept the top honors as junior outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky earned MPSF Player of the Year accolades, his coach John Speraw earned Coach of the Year honors and freshman libero Brent Asuka was named Newcomer of the Year.