From the Big West:
UC Santa Barbara senior Katey Thompson earned Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors as she led the charge in an upset road victory over No. 5 Hawai‘i.
Thompson delivered 19 kills along with a match and career-high 11 blocks in a thrilling five-set affair that shocked the Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 7,302, which witnessed a 22-match win streak against Big West Conference opponents crumble. The 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 15-12 triumph was UCSB’s first against UH since 1994. UH had won 77 straight matches against conference foes dating back to 2008 while a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
The right side attacker was clutch in the key fifth set, accounting for the final three points with a solo block, a kill and a block assist on the clinching play. Thompson also played a crucial role at the service line, where her presence led to several Gaucho runs.
Thompson added seven digs and a service ace while finishing with a career-high 26.0 points for the match.
Mita Uiato was UH’s nominee