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Bergsma Pegged Pac-12 Offensive Player of Week
Release Date: 08/27/2012
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After helping No. 17 Oregon (3-0) take top honors in the Sports Import DC Kohl Classic last weekend, redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma was tabbed the Pac-12 Offensive Volleyball Player of the Week Monday.

The All-America outside hitter from Chandler Ariz., was tabbed the tournament MVP after UO swept Toledo and Houston, then rallied from an 0-2 deficit at No. 24 Ohio State to a 3-2 win.

In the finale vs. the returning NCAA Regional qualifying Buckeyes, she logged the team’s first double-double of 2012 and ninth of her Duck career (23 kills, 15 digs). That kill tally was the team season high and her 11th career +20-kill tally. Her hitting mark (.333) was a match high and the team’s second best of the year, and she also led the team vs. the Buckeyes in points (24.5) and aces (1).

The day before vs. Toledo she topped the team in hitting (.467), blocks (1) and aces (2). Against Houston, she also eclipsed .300 (.357, 7 kills), and posted five digs.

Overall for the weekend, she paced the Ducks in kills (38, 4.22 p/s), and ranked second in aces (3, 0.33 p/s). Career-wise now in her 64 matches for Oregon, she already ranks eighth in points (979) and seventh in hitting (.254). 

It was a school-record-tying fourth honor for the third-year Duck who won a pair of honors last year and once in 2010.

She picked up her second offensive nod after the team’s 2011 season-opening weekend vs. then-No. 1 Penn State (W, 3-1) and then-No. 12 Minnesota (L, 2-3), and then again in September after it went 3-0 vs. Arizona, Arizona State and Cal Poly. In 2010, she landed her first honor after UO swept its Washington league rivals at home for the first time since 1989.

She was similarly honored in 2009 by the West Coast Conference as a redshirt freshman at Loyola Marymount.

Overall for the Ducks, Monday’s weekly honor was the 15th in head coach Jim Moore’s eight years at the helm, and 24th all-time for Oregon since 1986.

Other league awards Monday went to Arica Nassar of Oregon State (Defensive POW) and Samantha Bricio of USC (Freshman of the Week).

Looking ahead to this weekend – the second of the regular season - Oregon has three matches in Athens, Ohio in the Baymount Invitational. UO takes on Western Carolina (Fri., 8/31), No. 13 Kentucky (Sat., 9/1), Ohio (Sun., 9/2), and more tourney information is available at the website.

All-Time Oregon Conference Volleyball Players of the Week
1986 - Sep. 15, Michele Krebsbach
1986 - Oct. 27, Teri Kramer
1987 - Sept. 14, Teri Kramer
1987 - Sep. 28, Teri Kramer
1989 - Sep. 5, Stephanie Snyder
1989 - Oct. 9, Megan McCallister
1991 - Sep. 3, Dawnn Charroin
1995 - Sept. 18, Amy Barnes
2004 - Sept. 7, Lauren Westendorf
2006 - Oct. 16, Sonja Newcombe
2007 - Nov. 12, Gorana Maricic
2008 - Oct. 6, Sonja Newcombe
2008 - Nov. 3, Neticia Enesi
2009 – Oct. 19, Sonja Newcombe
2009 – Nov. 30, Sonja Newcombe
2010 – Sept. 27, Alaina Bergsma (Offensive)
*2011 - Aug. 29, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2011 – Sept. 19, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2011 – Oct. 24, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2011 – Nov. 21, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2011 – Nov. 21, Haley Jacob (Defensive)
2012 – Aug. 27, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)

Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Winners
2011 – Nov. 7, Liz Brenner
2011 – Nov. 21, Liz Brenner

* Starting in 2011, the Pac-10 began separate Offensive/Defensive/Freshman Player of the Week honors (compared to a single POW award from 1986-2010).

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