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Courtney Thompson

Position: Setter
Height: 5-8 (173cm)
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
College: University of Washington
Birth Date: Nov. 4, 1984
Joined Team: January 2007

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2007 – Pan American Cup (Fourth Place), Pan American Games (Bronze Medal), World Grand Prix (Eighth Place).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2007 – Played in 15 sets during Pan American Cup, including one set start against Brazil on June 28…Played in all five match of the Pan American Games, including starts in the final three contests…Tallied 81 assists in 13 sets during the Pan American Games, in addition to four aces and four blocks…Averaged 2.69 digs per set on defense at Pan American Games…Recorded 29 assists, three aces and two blocks in bronze medal match against Peru on July 19…Played in 10 sets of the World Grand Prix, mostly as a situational substitution late in sets…Provided eight assists for the U.S. at the World Grand Prix.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Thompson, a three-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection playing for the University of Washington, set the Pacific-10 Conference record with 6,552 assists for third best in NCAA Division I history. In addition, she set the NCAA record for career assists per game with 14.56. Thompson also concluded her career with a school-best 450 starts leading to three appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament national semifinals and one regional final. She added 1,059-career digs for sixth-best in school history. As a junior, she earned the Honda Sports Award for best volleyball player after leading the Huskies to their first national championship. She received a ESPY Top Female College Athlete nomination in 2005. As a senior, she again was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award as she set the Huskies to a .281 team attack percentage on 14.50 assists per game. Thompson is a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

PERSONAL: Born Courtney Lynn Thompson on Nov. 4, 1984, in Bellevue, Wash.…Parents are Steve and Linda Thompson…Has two older brothers are Craig and Trevor…Brother Trevor played baseball at the United States Naval Academy for four years and was captain of the squad in 2005…Hobbies include hiking, board games, reading, playing the guitar…Attended University of Washington from 2003 to 2006 majoring in business administration...Lists her brothers as most admired persons because they are the most amazing people…Favorite professional team is Seattle Mariners…Favorite musical group is U2 and favorite book is “Tuesdays with Morrie”…Favorite movies are Braveheart, Notting Hill, The Little Mermaid…Favorite moment in sports was winning the NCAA Division I national title in 2005 while playing for University of Washington…Earned valedictorian honors at Kentlake High School in Kent, Wash…She led her high school to three state championships, earning 2002 Washington State Player of the Year honors as well as all-state in basketball as a senior.

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Kent, Wash.
High School:
Kentlake HS

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2006 (As A Senior)
Honda Award finalist ... AVCA first team All-American ... Asics first team All-American ... National Setter of the Year ... Seattle PI Female Sports Star of the Year ... second team Academic All-American ... Seattle Regional All-Tournament Team ... first team All-Pacific Region ... first team All-Pac-10 ... first team Academic All-District ... started all 34 matches at setter ... led nation with 14.50 assists per game and guided the Huskies to the second-best hitting percentage in the league (.287) ... also averaged 2.51 digs per game ... dished 60 or more assists nine times, including 75 at Oregon (Nov. 3) and 70 vs. UCLA (Oct. 27) ... paced Washington to .400 or better hitting percentages six times, including a season-best .430 clip vs. Liberty (Sept. 1) ... had 11 double-figure dig performances, including 22 vs. Texas and 18 vs. USC ... set the Pac-10 record and ranks third on the NCAA all-time chart with 6,531 career assists ... just the second player in Pac-10 history to amass 6,000-plus career assists ... just the sixth played in Husky history to collect 1,000 career digs.

2005 (As A Junior)
Honda Award Winner ...ESPY Top Female College Athlete nominee ... National Setter of the Year ... AVCA first team All-American ...Asics first team All-American ...NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... College Station Regional All-Tournament Team ... second team Academic All-American ... All-Pacific Region first team ... first team All-Pac-10 selection ... Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 19) ...Academic All-District ...Pac-10 All-Academic first team ...Nike Invitational MVP ...Doublewood Classic MVP co-captain ... started all 108 games and 32 matches ... led nation with 14.89 apg ...also averaged 2.46 dpg, 0.59 bpg and 0.81 ppg ...all-time career assists leader at UW (4,841), which ranks sixth on the Pac-10 all-time list ...ranked third on the team with 27 aces and set an NCAA record when she served 18 consecutive points vs. Gardner-Webb ... had four aces vs. Gardner-Webb (Aug. 26) and three vs. Montana State (Aug. 27) ... tallied 71 assists three times (Oct. 8 at Stanford, Nov. 4 vs. California, Nov. 11 at UCLA) ...had 11 matches with double-figure digs, including 20 at California (Oct. 7) and 14 at Stanford (Oct. .

2004 (As A Sophomore)
AVCA first team All-American ... third team Academic All-American ... All-Pacific Region first team ... Pac-10 All-Conference first team ... Academic All-District VIII University Division first team ...Pac-10 All-Academic second team ...Northwest Classic MVP ... team co-captain ...set the school's season record with 1,643 assists ...played in all 112 games, starting all 31 matches ... led the Pac-10 and ranked third nationally with 14.67 apg ... averaged 2.26 dpg, 0.29 bpg and 0.23 sapg ... led team with a .392 hitting percentage ...dished 50 or more assists 18 times, including a career-best 78 assists at Oregon State (Oct. 28) ... had 73 assists at Washington State (Nov. 5) and 62 assists vs. USC (Sept. 25) ... recorded 47 kills for a 0.42 kpg average ... had four kills vs. USC (Sept. 25) and three kills on four occasions ... notched double-digit digs nine times, including a career-best 21 digs vs. UCLA in the regional championship (Dec. 11) ... had 67 assists in that match, earning all-tournament honors ... had 14 digs at USC (Sept. 25), Oregon State (Oct. 28) and Stanford (Nov. 19) ... received Washington's Top Dawg weekly award (Oct. 25) for her performance vs. Stanford and California (Oct. 22-23).

2003 (As A Freshman)
Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention co-captain ...started all 32 matches for the Huskies ... led the Pac-10 with 14.20 apg, which ranked third in the nation ... set the school's season record with 1,590 assists ... named to the all-tournament teams at the Badger Invitational and Idaho Volleyball Tournament ... tallied 60 or more assists nine times, including a season-best 70 dishes against Minnesota (Dec. 13) in the NCAA regional championship match ... logged double-digit digs 11 times ... posted a season-best 15 digs versus Arizona (Sept. 19) ... had at least one block in 29 matches, including four blocks against Wisconsin (Aug. 30) and Stanford (Sept. 27) ... recorded four or more kills in six Pac-10 matches (Arizona State, Arizona- twice, California- twice, UCLA) ... averaged 0.30 aces per game ... notched at least one ace in 19 matches, including five against Utah Valley State (Nov. 2) and three against Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 5).

At Kentlake High School
A four-year letterwinner at Kentlake High School ... led team to three state championships, earning 2002 Washington State Player of the Year honors ... two-time King County Female Athlete of the Year ... 2003 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... league Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior ...2002 National Player of the Year finalist ... two-time team captain ... also named to the all-league teams for basketball and softball ... 2002 all-state selection for basketball ... KHS class valedictorian ...Student Body President as a senior and class president as a sophomore and junior ... played club volleyball for Kent Juniors Volleyball Club for seven years ... placed second at the 18 Open National Qualifier in Kansas City and Reno, Nev.

Born in Bellevue, Wash., to Steve and Linda Thompson ... has two brothers, Craig (29) and Trevor (24) ... Trevor played baseball at the United States Naval Academy and received a Rhodes Scholarship ...Craig graduated from UW in 1999 from the School of Business ... played club volleyball with current Huskies Stevie Mussie and Christal Morrison.

Getting to know Courtney
Nickname: C-thomp
Funniest thing about Coach McLaughlin: His really random analogies.
Top-three most played songs on my iPod: How To Save a Life (The Fray), Over My Head (The Fray) and any Disney song.
Favorite toys as a child: G.I. Joe and puzzles.
If I had a super power, I'd want to: Make people laugh hysterically whenever I pointed at them.
Favorite quote: "To be the best you've got to outwork everyone else."
Pre-match rituals: I listen to classical music throughout the day.
Craziest ambition: To win an Ironman triathlon.


Thompson news and features:
Top national volleyball honor goes to Courtney Thompson - Seattle Times (Jan. 19 2006)
Thompson nets nation's top volleyball player award - King County Journal (Jan. 19, 2006)
UW's Thompson named nation's top college female volleyball player - Seattle Times (Jan. 18, 2006)
Courtney Thompson Player Diary - (Oct. 26, 2005)
Courtney Thompson Player Diary - (Oct. 5, 2005)
Courtney Thompson Player Diary - (Sept. 27, 2005)
Courtney Thompson Player Diary - (Sept. 21, 2005)
UW's Thompson earns volleyball honor - King County Journal (Sept. 20, 2005)
Courtney Thompson Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week - (Sept. 19, 2005)
Player Diary: Courtney Thompson - (Sept. 7, 2005)
Player Diary: Courtney Thompson - (Sept. 1, 2005)
Player Diary: Courtney Thompson - (Aug. 24, 2005)
Player Diary: Courtney Thompson - (Aug. 18, 2005)
Thompson sets winning pace - Seattle Times (Dec. 10, 2004)
Kentlake's Thompson helping put Husky volleyball on the map - King County Journal (Dec. 1, 2004)
Husky Spark Plug - (Oct. 7, 2004)



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