• Senior middle blocker who started her final 85 matches. • Ranked second on the team in blocks and fifth in kills per set. • Had career-high 18 kills while hitting .500 in four-set win over Tulsa (9/8). • Opened season with 12 kills and nine blocks in win over Central Florida (8/24). • Had 11 kills without an error on .440 hitting in victory over Wisconsin to clinch USF Invitational title (8/25). • Finished with 14 kills and seven blocks at Kansas (9/9). • Had 11 kills on .375 hitting at Southern Illinois (9/28), then followed that with 10 kills and six blocks on .381 hitting at Evansville a night later (9/29). • Had eight kills and six blocks in 3-1 win vs. Northern Iowa (10/5). • Had seven kills and four blocks on .438 hitting in 3-0 win at Drake (10/ 20). • Named to All-Tournament Team at the Northern Colorado Classic (9/8). • Recorded 12 kills on match-high 12 kills on .385 hitting in 3-0 win at Indiana State (Oct. 13). • Had 11 kills on .435 hitting in 3-0 sweep over Evansville (10/26). • Tied career-high with nine blocks in 3-1 win vs. Southern Illinois (10/27). • Her 134 blocks were ninth-most in a season in CU history and her 344 total blocks are eighth-most in a Creighton career. • Fifth player in CU history with three straight seasons of 90 or more blocks. • Did not have a service attempt this season after having just one a year ago. • Ranked sixth in the MVC and 125th nationally in blocks per set. • Also ranked 23rd in the MVC in hitting percentage. • Led team in blocks in 10 matches, including both NCAA Tournament contests.
2011: Junior at Creighton • Junior middle blocker who started every match.
• Ranked 11th in the MVC with a .275 hitting percentage. • Owned six or more kills in 17 of 18 MVC matches this fall. • Had career-best nine blocks in win over South Dakota (Sept. 3). • Hit .429 with seven kills vs. Texas A&M (Aug. 26). • Had 11 kills and hit .400 vs. UAB (Sept. 17). • Tied her career-high with 12 kills on .500 hitting in win at Evansville (Sept. 23), then produced career-best 15 kills to go with six blocks in win at Southern Illinois one night later (Sept. 24). • Ten kills, five blocks and career-high five digs vs. Illinois State (Sept. 30). • Had 14 kills on .636 hitting in sweep over Evansville (Oct. 22). • Her .636 hitting ranks seventh-best in a match in Creighton history. • Had 11 kills on .667 hitting in three-set win at Indiana State (Oct. 28). • Had 14 kills on .406 hitting in win vs. Wichita State (Nov. 4), then followed it with 10 kills on .360 hitting and seven blocks vs. Missouri State (Nov. 5). • Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Nov. 9.
2010: Sophomore at Creighton • Started team’s first six matches, averaging 1.12 kills and second on club with 1.04 blocks per set in those starts. • Ranked 14th in the MVC in blocks per set (all matches) and ninth in league play with a .286 hitting percentage. • Started team’s last 20 matches. • Had nine kills vs. Kansas (Aug. 28) and season-best seven blocks vs. both San Francisco (Aug. 27) and Lipscomb (Aug. 28). • Served her first career ace vs. Lipscomb (Aug. 28), then two more vs. Saint Louis (Sept. 3). • Had nine kills and six blocks on .533 hitting in 3-2 win over Wichita State (Oct. 9). • Had seven blocks, including five in the third set, during a 3-0 win over Indiana State (Oct. 29). • Had then career-high 11 kills while hitting .400 and adding five blocks in MVC Tournament quarterfinal win over Drake (Nov. 25). • Eight kills and four blocks in MVC Tournament final vs. No. 11 UNI (Nov. 27). • Had 12 kills on .400 hitting in win over No. 16 Iowa State in first round of NCAA Tournament (Dec. 3). • Hit .285, averaging 2.02 kills and 0.79 blocks per set in last 11 matches.
2009: Freshman at Creighton • Started first six matches of the season and made seven starts overall. • Frequently checked in late in a set to give Creighton a bigger block. • Had a season-high seven kills to go with five blocks at Kansas (Sept. 5). • Earned start as a middle blocker at No. 21 Northern Iowa and had three kills while tying season-high with five blocks (Nov. 20). Four of her blocks came consecutively in the second set.
Mead High School • Named second-team all-Class D-1 and first-team all-conference as both a junior and senior after earning honorable-mention recognition as a sophomore in volleyball. • Averaged 4.2 kills and 1.1 blocks per set as a senior, finishing with 322 kills, 291 digs, 85 blocks and 24 aces for the Raiders. • Set school records with 29 kills in one match and 396 kills as a junior. • Named first-team all-Omaha area as a senior. • Also a standout basketball player, she had one game with 32 points and 23 rebounds in win over Cross County. Set a school record with 38 points in one game vs. Omaha Christian Academy as a junior. • Set single-season school record with 513 points as a junior. • Averaged 24.0 points and 12.4 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field and 68 percent at the line as a senior on the hardwood to earn all-state accolades. As a junior, averaged 22.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game to be named first team all-state. • Recognized as Fremont Tribune Female Athlete of the Year and received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. • Ranked first in her graduating class with a 4.0 GPA. • Volleyball coach was Amy Sund and basketball coach was Tracy Berg.
Creighton Awards & Honors 2009-10 MVC Academic Honor Roll 2010-11 Dean’s List 2010-11 MVC Academic Honor Roll 2011 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, 11/9 2011-12 Dean’s List 2011-12 MVC Academic Honor Roll
More About Heather Full Name: Heather Ann Thorson Birthday: Aug. 9, 1990 Birthplace: Omaha, Neb. Parents: William and Patricia Thorson Brother: Nathan (24) Major: Exercise Science Career Aspiration: Dentist Favorite quote: “If you are not willing to look stupid, nothing great is ever going to happen to you.” (Gregory House) Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida beaches Why Creighton: Close to home Summer 2012 Job: Working camps and shadowing dentists Best Volleyball Memory: Winning in the first round of the NCAA Tourney Hobbies: Baking, shopping, crafting Favorite Class/Professor at Creighton: Theology/Dr. Ashley Hall