Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-8 (203cm)
Weight: 220 (100kg)
College: UC Santa Barbara
Joined A2 Team: 2010
PERSONAL: Born Theodore (Theo) Allan Brunner in Palo Alto, Calif. ... Parents are Tim and Sally Brunner... Has an older brother, Max, an older sister, Emily, and a younger sister, Lydia… Theo began playing volleyball in 2000 with Connecticut Juniors and at Ridgfield High School… At Ridgefield, Theo played four years at setter and middle blocker for coach Bob Sonnenstuhl... Earned First Team All-FCIAC and First Team All-State honors after leading the Tigers to the 2003 Connecticut Class L State Championship... Also an all-league first team pick in 2002... Set a Ridgefield career record with 1,050 kills... Played three years of varsity basketball and was an all-conference performer… Graduated from Ridgefield in 2003… Graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2008 with a BA in philosophy… His hobbies include video games, reading and beach volleyball… His favorite musical group is Will to Power.
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2010 - Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2005 – FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (8th).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - During the winter of 2010-11, Theo played for Marmi Lanza Verona in Italy's Serie A League... Theo was a member of the U.S. Men's A2 Team that won the Pan American Cup in San Juan Puerto Rico... He was second among all blockers in the tournament and first among the U.S. players with 13 totals blocks and five faults for an average of 0.72 blocks per set. 2005 – Was a member of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth at the FIVB World Championship in Vizakhapatnam, India. The team was coached by UC Irvine head coach John Speraw… Brunner was the second-leading blocker on the U.S. team and 14th overall.
COLLEGE: 2008 – Served as co-captain for UC Santa Barbara… All-MPSF Second Team… Theo led the Gauchos with a .391 attack percentage and was tops in blocks with 87 stuffs, just under one per game. He was second on the Gaucho roster with 3.43 kills per game… Set several new career-highs this season including kills (26), digs (8), and points (28.5). Brunner finished in UCSB's career top ten lists for kills, attack attempts, solo blocks, block assists, and total blocks. 2007 – An AVCA First Team All-American... All-MPSF First Team selection... Started 31 matches and played 113 games at middle blocker... Fourth in the nation with a .531 attack percentage, a UCSB single season record... Helped the Gauchos finish second in the country in attack percentage at .363, also a school single-season record... Finished second in hitting in the MPSF, swinging at a .531 clip in league contests... Led the Gauchos in total blocks (120) and blocks per game (1.06)... Second on the team in total kills (365), kills per set (3.23), total points (450.5), and points per set (3.99)... Hit .500 or better 19 times... Hit .600 or better in 11 matches... Eclipsed the .700 mark six times... Hit .800 twice. 2006 – All-MPSF Honorable Mention... The only Gaucho to play in all 103 of the squad's sets... Started 28 of 29 matches... Tied for 13th in the nation with a .427 hitting percentage... Sixth among MPSF players with a .433 attack percentage in league matches... His 264 kills tied him with Bryan Berman for second most on the team... Led the Gauchos with 90 total blocks... Was second on the roster with 335 points... Posted 10 or more kills in 13 matches. 2005 – All-MPSF Honorable Mention... Competed in 105 sets... Posted a .486 hitting percentage, finishing fourth in the MPSF and setting a new UCSB single season record in the process... Finished the year with 73 block assists, including a career high eight at Pacific (1/28)… Ranked third on the team with 232 kills and 407 total attacks, and second with 19 block solos. 2004 – Redshirt.
Updated on Nov. 18, 2010
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