UCLA Men's Volleyball BIO
Thomas Amberg
Player Profile:
Thomas Amberg 1266795
Position: Quick Hitter
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: El Cajon, CA
High School: Valhalla
Experience: 4 Letters
2012 -- Earned consensus first-team All-America honors from the AVCA and Volleyball magazine ... Also voted First-Team All-MPSF after leading the conference in hitting percentage at .486 and finishing fourth in blocking average at 1.43 ... Played in 30 matches with 29 starts ... Ended his career ranked among the Top 10 in several UCLA statistical categories ... On the all-time UCLA charts, he finished sixth in total blocks at 466 and eighth in hitting percentage at .404 ... On the rally-scoring charts, he ranks first in total blocks and third in hitting percentage ... He also ranks first in block assists (424) and total blocks, second in block solos (42), fourth in total points (1,164), sixth in kills (839), and eighth in total attacks (1,593) ... On the single season rally-scoring charts, he ranks first in block assists (141) and blocks per set, and second in total blocks (150) and hitting percentage.

2011 -- Played in 23 matches with 22 starts ... Various hand injuries limited his playing time ... Named Honorable Mention All-MPSF ... Also named to the MPSF All-Academic team ... Hit .300 or better in 16 of 23 matches ... Ranked second on the team with a hitting percentage of .408 and led the Bruins in blocking average (1.00 bps) ... Ranked seventh in blocks per set at 1.11 in league matches ... Led the Bruins with a season-high 18.5 points vs. PSU (3/9) on 16 kills (.367), two aces and one BA ... Led the team with 17.5 points vs. CSN (1/19) on 10 kills (10-0-15, .667), three aces and seven total blocks ... Recorded a line of 12-1-19 (.579) in his first match vs. PSU (1/13) and added three aces and three block assists for 16.5 points ... Overall, he recorded double-digit point totals in 10 matches ... Two-time member of the DHR (Spring and Winter, 2011) ... Competed for Team USA at World University Games in China.

2010 -- Played in 30 matches with 28 starts ... Hit .500 or better in 13 matches ... Established a career-high of 23 kills (.500) and 25.5 points vs. UCI (3/27) ... Also added five block assists ... Posted 14 kills (.632) vs. UH (2/5) with two aces, four total blocks and 17.0 points ... Recorded 13 kills (.462), an ace and three block assists for 15.5 points vs. Stanford (4/16) ... Scored 15.0 points vs. UOP (4/17): 13 kills (.321), one ace and three block assists ... Recorded nine blocks vs. BYU (1/30) ... Served three aces vs. UOP (2/13) ... Led the team with 119 total blocks and ranked second at 1.09 bps ... All-MPSF Academic Team selection.

Junior National Team -- Played several matches with the U.S. Jr. National Team in Pune, India over the summer.

2009 -- Started 24 of the 27 matches he played as a freshman ... Earned Honorable Mention All-MPSF honors ... Led the Bruins in blocking at 1.33 bpg, a figure that ranked eighth in the MPSF ... Recorded double-digit kills in seven matches and added one double-double (10 kills, 10 blocks) vs. BYU (3/28) ... Recorded a career-high of 18 kills (.773) with an ace, three block assists and 20.5 points vs. Grand Canyon ... Led the team with 13 kills (.375), four aces and six total blocks for 20.5 points vs. Pep (4/8) ... His four aces put him in the UCLA single game record book ... Scored a career-high of 21.0 points vs. UH (4/2) with 17 kills (.593) and eight block assists ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll in the Fall of 2008.

High School -- Six-time letterman in water polo and volleyball for coaches Ryan Needles (water polo) and Doug Bobington (volleyball) at Valhalla HS ... In water polo, he earned three varsity letters and First-Team All-Grossmont League honors ... In volleyball, he was an all-league first-team member and a two-time Grossmont Conference Player of the Year ... 2008 Volleyball Second-Team All-American and a member of the Fab 50 list ... Valhalla HS volleyball Player of the Year ... Led the Norsemen to a Div. II third place finish.

Club -- Played for the Seaside Volleyball Club that finished fifth nationally in 2008.

Personal -- Has two older brothers, Philip and Stephen ... Chose UCLA for its academics ... Earned a spot on the Principal's Honor Roll with a 4.41 grade point average ... Valhalla's 2008 Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team for volleyball and water polo ... Admires LaDainian Tomlinson, the New York Jets running back ...Brother Stephen graduated from UCLA ... Cousin Jessie Amberg graduated from UCLA ... Full name is Thomas James Amberg ... Graduated in 2012 with a degree in Sociology.

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