UCSD M Volleyball BIO
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10 Nathan Thalken

AS A JUNIOR IN 2018
Big West All-Academic ... Appeared in 23 matches and 61 sets, with 13 starts, as both an outside and opposite hitter ... Career- and match-high 11 digs to go along with five kills and two blocks in opener vs. McKendree (1/5) ... Season-high 10 kills vs. UC Irvine (3/16) ... Added 10 digs vs. Ottawa (AZ) (1/27), to go along with eight kills over career-high 26 attempts ... Hit career-best .583 (7-0-12) without an error vs. UC Santa Barbara (3/2).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2017
MPSF All-Academic ... Appeared in 16 matches and 28 sets, with three starts at opposite ... Starts came in third match at UC Santa Barbara (1/13), and final two contests vs. Stanford (4/8) and at California Baptist (4/12) ... Career highs of 11 kills, five blocks (all assists) and 14.5 points off the bench while hitting .364 (11-3-22) in five-set loss at Stanford (4/1) ... Also produced double-digit points (10.0) with nine kills and an ace as starter in season finale at CBU, hitting .316 (9-3-19) ... Hit career-best .455 (6-1-11) in home opener vs. Grand Canyon (1/7) ... Twice had four digs.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016
Team's Most Improved ... Started in 10 of the 21 matches he played ... Captured 43 kills and 24 digs ... Tallied 16 blocks ... Finished with 54 points and a scoring average of 1.12 points per set ... Made college debut in season opener vs. Charleston (1/8), entering in the third set ... Scored seven kills in two games vs. Long Beach State (2/17) and Stanford (2/25) ... Earned his season and career-best six digs in a match against Princeton (1/27).

CLUB
Played for Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC) from 2013-15.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2015 graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento ... Capital Athletic League MVP as a senior ... Aided the Raiders to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title in 2015, and a runner-up Northern California regional showing ... Played with current teammate Luke McDonald ... Also competed in soccer and track and field.

PERSONAL
Born Sept. 10 in Sacramento ... Parents are Paul and Deedra Thalken ... Has an older brother named Matt, a younger sister named Annabelle and a younger brother named Joseph ... Matt is a senior on the rowing team at UCSD ... International studies-international business major at Roosevelt College ... Most memorable moment in volleyball to date is being a part of the 2014 squad at Rio Americano.

MATCH-BY-MATCH STATISTICS
2016
2017
2018

MATCH HIGHS
Kills 11 at Stanford 4/1/17
Assists 2 3 times 4/7/18
Aces 2 vs. UC Merced 1/11/18
Digs 11 vs. McKendree 1/5/18
Blocks 5 at Stanford 4/1/17
Points 14.5 at Stanford 4/1/17
Hitting % (min. 10 TA) .583 vs. UCSB 3/2/18
   
CAREER STATISTICS
Season SP MP MS K E TA Pct. Ast. SA Digs BS BA TB Points
2016 48 21 10 43 22 131 .160 1 3 24 0 16 16 54.0
2017 28 16 3 37 17 100 .200 1 2 15 0 10 10 44.0
2018 61 23 13 94 38 243 .230 10 10 75 3 15 18 114.5
Totals 137 60 26 174 77 474 .205 12 15 114 3 41 44 212.5
Position: Outside Hitter/Opposite
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: Rio Americano HS
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Business
Experience: 2 Letters
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