December 5, 2017 > Thompson claims coveted spot on regional team
Thompson claims coveted spot on regional team
Submitted By Stephen Connolly
Cal State East Bay junior Deja Thompson collected yet another postseason accolade on Nov. 29 by earning a spot on the 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region Team.
Thompson enjoyed an outstanding junior season, leading the Pioneers to an 18-11 overall record, the program's best since 2010. She led the team in kills (2.85 per set) and blocks (0.92 per set), finishing sixth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in total points (3.63 per set). Thompson also posted a .296 hitting percentage and 29 service aces on her way to becoming the first East Bay volleyball player since 2010 to be voted First Team All-CCAA.
The Rialto, California native took her performance to another level in the postseason, leading the Pioneers to the semifinal round of the CCAA Tournament, where they fell in five sets to eventual champion Cal State San Bernardino. Thompson played perhaps the best match of her career in that thriller against the Coyotes, racking up 22 kills and 10 total blocks. She subsequently was named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team after averaging 4.25 kills and 1.50 blocks per set with a .562 hitting percentage in two contests.