Courtney Thompson Profile

Courtney Thompson | USA Volleyball team member; UW volleyball team

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Courtney Thompson at UW

Courtney Thompson concluded her amazing volleyball career at the University of Washington last December, and immediately went to work at the national level as a member of the USA national team. She played in 15 sets during the Pan American Cup, where Team USA took fourth place, and started against Brazil on June 28. In the Pan American Games, Thompson played in all five matches and started the final three contests. In the Bronze Medal match July 19 against Peru, which the U.S. won, Thompson recorded 29 assists, three aces and two blocks.

During her four years with the Huskies, Thompson was a three-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection. She set the Pacific-10 Conference record with 6,552 assists (third best in NCAA Division I history) and set the NCAA record for career assists per game (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.

USA Volleyball recently conducted a Q&A feature with Thompson. Here is a sampling:

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Watch sports, play board games, go hiking, and sometimes read.

Q. What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
A. I hope to be a collegiate athletic director.

Q. Where would you like to spend a week's vacation?
A. In a cabin in the mountains, and I would definitely invite my family.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The Great Northwest! It's beautiful and the people are just good people.

Q. Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
A. I'm a huge fan of them all really.

For more Q&A, click here