OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - One of the University of Oregon's most well-rounded student-athletes, redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma was honored as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for players from the 330 Division 1 volleyball teams.
The outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., was one of five Pac-12 players chosen for the award list based on four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete, and encourages them to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
In the classroom, Bergsma was a Pac-12 All-Academic Second-Team choice in 2011, thanks to her 3.60 cumulative GPA in business administration.
This week, she ranks top-10 nationally in points (sixth, 5.37 per set) and kills (eighth, 4.65 p/s), and also top 50 in aces (31st, 0.46 p/s) and hitting (43rd, .383). In the Pac-12, she ranks top 10 in aces (first), points (first), kills (second) and hitting (eighth).
Off the court, she has served more than 100 community hours the past 12 months with a host of local organizations. Besides helping with fund-raising for the Children's Miracle Network in Oregon, KIDSPORTS, Oregon Medical Group and Homeless Connect, she has made numerous appearances at local junior and high schools, and helped with open prep gyms last spring.
Among the overall list, Bergsma is one 16 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans from last season and 24 that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better.
In mid-October, the Senior CLASS Award field will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and the national honoree will be will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Championship, December 13-15 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. More information on all the candidates is at the http://www.seniorclassaward.com/season/volleyball_2012 website.
2012 Senior CLASS Volleyball Award Candidates
Lesli Akeo, Siena
Andrea Beck, Wake Forest
Alaina Bergsma, Oregon
Megan Bober, Creighton
Amy Braun, Northern Iowa
Danielle Carlson, Marquette
Karissa Cook, Stanford
Dana Cranston, Colorado State
Kasey Elswick, Tennessee-Martin
Ashley Frazier, Kentucky
Katie Fuller, Southern California
Krysta Gardner, Bethune-Cookman
Christiana Gray, Duke
Andrea Hannasch, San Diego State
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan
Rachael Kidder, UCLA
Faimie Kingsley, Denver
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton
Alison Landwehr, Iowa State
Gina Mancuso, Nebraska
Lindsey Miller, Texas A&M
Jodi Purdy, Wyoming
Taylor Root, Valparaiso
Robin Rostratter, California
Sam Serley, UAB
Jamie Straube, Iowa State
Ariel Turner, Purdue
Kate Van Dyke, Georgia Southern
Breanne Van Every, Idaho State
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