AVCA All-Americans announced on Dec. 14
Heather Thomas named league's top defensive player of the week
Heather Thomas breaks single season digs record at UAB
Head Coach Kerry Messersmith, Sam Serley and Heather Thomas recognized
Thais Soares and Heather Thomas produce on Senior Day
Finished fourth all-time in Conference USA with 2,131 career digs.
UAB record holder for career digs (2,131) and digs in a season (631).
Fourth student-athlete in C-USA history to reach 2,000 digs.
2011 Second Team All-Conference USA selection.
2011 All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.
Three-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
AS A SENIOR (2011): Started as the libero in all 32 matches and saw action in all 118 sets...played in every UAB volleyball set (492) during her four-year career...finished first overall in Conference USA in total digs (631) and digs per set (5.35) for the season...also topped the league in total digs (385) and per set average (5.27)...reached three separate milestones during the season...set the career digs record on Sept. 10 vs. Eastern Kentucky at the Kennesaw State Owls Classic...surpassed Danielle Reaves' (1988-92) previous record of 1,651...became just the fifth player to reach 2,000 digs in C-USA history in a 3-0 sweep of UTEP on Nov. 5...ended her career with 2,131 digs, ranking fourth all-time in C-USA...broke her own record for digs in a season (631), which she previously set in 2010, in the season finale vs. Memphis...posted 61 consecutive matches with double-digit dig totals to close out her career...corralled a season-high 30 digs in her final collegiate match vs. Memphis on Nov. 23...finished 28th in the Division I in digs per set...also topped the team in service aces (26)...named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Sept. 19, Nov. 7, Nov. 28)...picked to the all-tournament teams at the Creighton Classic (MVP) and Kennesaw State Owls Classic.
AS A JUNIOR (2010)
Played in all 32 matches and was one of just three UAB players to play in all 118 games, joining Sam Serley and Alison Woods ... set the program's single-season record with 607 digs, which also matched the 10th-best mark in Conference USA history ... that number and her 5.14 digs-per-set average ranked second in C-USA for the year ... recorded double-digit digs in 31 of 32 matches and had nine in the other ... reached the 20-dig mark in 17 contests ... posted a season-best 30 digs Sept. 11 in the five-set win over Arkansas ... had 27 digs versus East Carolina on Oct. 1 and 25 against UCF on Nov. 21 maintained a .978 serve receive percentage with just 15 errors in 678 chances ... ranked fourth on the team with 15 service aces ... chosen to all-tournament teams at Alabama's Bama Bash (Sept. 3-4) and TCU's Nike Invitational (Sept. 17-18) ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2009)
Played in all 124 sets as the team's libero ... recorded the second-highest single-season digs total in program history with 586 (4.73 per set) ... came up just six digs shy of Brianna Galvin's school record of 592 ... managed double-figure digs in 27 of 33 matches and reached the 20-dig plateau in 14 ... her 36 digs Nov. 1 against Southern Miss tied for the highest individual total for the season in Conference USA ... had 29 digs Oct. 2 at UCF ... maintained a .956 receiving percentage ... selected to all-tournament teams at the Magnolia Invitational hosted by Ole Miss (Sept. 4-5) and the Saluki Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois (Sept. 11-12).
AS A FRESHMAN (2008)
Played in all 35 matches with 27 starts ... finished third on the team with 307 digs and 2.33 digs per set ... posted double-digit digs in 14 contests ... managed a season-high 19 digs against Rice Nov. 22 in the Conference USA tournament ... had 15 digs against Creighton Sept. 5 ... committed just nine receiving errors all season as one of the team's primary passers ... notched 13 service aces on the year, including two aces in three different matches ... also had 11 assists and posted one kill.
Named to the Birmingham News Super All-State Team in 2007 ... was a Birmingham News All-Metro selection ... was a 2007 Alabama Volleyball Coaches Association All-State First Team pick ... helped lead her squad to a second-place finish in the 2007 Alabama State Tournament.
Heather Michele Thomas ... born Sept. 27, 1989 in Huntsville, Ala. ... daughter of Susie and Cory Thomas ... has one sister, Bethanie ... majoring in civil engineering.