Cincinnati Bearcats volleyball team is 12-4 this year and off to a 4-0 start in AAC play. That includes a big win on Friday over UCF (football wasn’t the only one). UCF had won 26 straight AAC contests and are the defending conference champs, so the win by the Bearcats certainly put the Knights and the rest of the conference on notice.
Cincinnati is led by senior Jordan Thompson (#23) from Medina, Minnesota. No lie, Thompson is the best volleyball player in the world. Not in Cincinnati, not in America, and not just best woman. THE BEST. She has been “killing it” for the Bearcats (pun intended).
In 2019, Thompson leads the entire NCAA in points (399.5) and kills (298). Her 5.84 kills per set is second in the NCAA. During a 2-0 weekend this past weekend (vs UCF and USF) she averaged a ridiculous 9.29 kills per set.
Thompson’s dominant 2019 season is a reminder that her 2018 season was just as good. Among her many accomplishments last season:
- Unanimous AAC Player of the Year
- Led the nation in kills, points, kills per set and points per set
- Owns almost a dozen records - both school and conference records
- AVCA Third Team All-American
Her dominance began as a freshmen when she won AAC Freshman of the Year in 2015 and was a unanimous selection to the AAC First Team.
The 2018 team’s season ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 12th appearance in school history.
Thompson is also an American Hero. She played for Team USA during the summer of 2019 in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League (FIVB = Female Indoor Volleyball), helping lead the USA to a Gold medal. Thompson led Team USA in points during the Olympic-qualifying tournament. During the summers of 2016 and 2017 she also played for the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team.