Athletes of the Week: Abel Gonzalez and Katey Thompson

UCSB's Katey Thompson

UCSB’s Katey Thompson

Abel Gonzalez

Bishop Diego’s Abel Gonzalez

The contributions Abel Gonzalez and Katey Thompson made in big games last weekend are a big reason why their respective teams came out on top.

Gonzalez helped the top-ranked Bishop Diego football team beat rival Carpinteria, 24-6, in the Tri-Valley League opener. Thompson played huge at the net, leading the UCSB women’s volleyball team to a five-set victory at fifth-ranked Hawaii.

Their performances earned them Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week honors.
Gonzalez, a junior running back, rushed for 124 yards on 12 carries, scored two touchdowns, caught a clutch third-down pass on a touchdown drive and recovered a fumble on defense. He was named the winner of the G.I. Forum Award, presented to the MVP of the game.

Thompson. a senior opposite, recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 11 blocks and scored a career-high 26 points as the Gauchos stunned Hawaii in Honolulu. It was UCSB’s first win over the Rainbow Wahine since 1994 and it snapped their 41-match winning streak in conference play.

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