Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-7 (201cm)
Weight: 210 lbs (95kg)
Joined Team: May 2005
PERSONAL: Born Delano Vanneto Thomas on Jan. 26, 1983 in Berkeley, Calif. ... Son of Vannteo Thomas and Kathleen O'Connor... Has two sisters, Ami and Naomi... Majored in sociology at the University of Hawai'i... Worked out briefly with Hawaii's football team as a wide receiver and special teams player... His favorite television show is the Chapelle Show... Raiders are his favorite sports team... Lists soccer as his favorite sport to watch... Says his mother is the person he admires most.
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 - World League (Gold Medal)... Four Nations' Tournament (Gold Medal). 2007 - Pan American Games (Silver Medal). 2005 - Pacific Northwest Tour vs. Netherlands... USOC International Sports Invitational (Silver Medal)... 2002 - NORCECA Men's Junior Championships (Bronze Medal)
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Delano was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic Team... Started two FIVB World League matches in Bulgaria, scoring nine points in one and six in the other. Team USA, which was missing four usual starters, lost both matches but went on to win World League. Delano also went on the World League trip to Finland and played as a substitute... Delano scored 13 points in an exhibition match against Germany on May 15 in Chemnitz... Scored 25 points in 10 sets as the U.S. Men won the Four Nations' Tournament on May 11-13 in Leipzig, Germany... Played during the winter for ACH Volley in Slovenia. 2007 - Delano was the United States' leading server at the Pan American Games with an average of 0.56 aces per set. He was the fourth-leading U.S. scorer at the Pan American Games with a total of 42 points on 27 kills, six blocks and nine aces... Was on the preliminary rosters for the NORCECA Continental Championship and the FIVB World League, but did not play. 2006- Was on the preliminary rosters for the World League and the World Championships but did not play. 2005 - Played in just 16 sets during the year and scored 27 points on 17 kills, five blocks and five service aces... In his first match, a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on June 3, Delano scored nine points on five kills, three aces and one block... 2002 - Delano scored a match-high 21 points as the U.S. Men's Junior National Team defeated Mexico, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, to win the bronze medal at the NORCECA Junior Continental Championship on July 30, 2002, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada... He blasted a match-high 17 kills with a match-high four blocks and earned a spot on the all-tournament team as the Best Attacker.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2003 - Earned first team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honors as a sophomore... Offensively, he produced 2.74 kills and 0.41 aces per game while hitting .453 ... Defensively, Thomas contributed 1.40 blocks per game for ninth best in the country... Also named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) second team... He helped the Warriors to an MPSF tournament semifinal berth before losing to BYU. 2002 - Was a member of the Hawai'i team that captured the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time...Named a freshman All-American by Volleyball Magazine.