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.