EUGENE – The No. 4 University of Oregon volleyball team continued its success in the classroom after senior outside hitters Alaina Bergsma and Katherine Fischer were tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team.
An accounting major with a 4.01 GPA, Fischer was the only honoree on the seven-person first team with a 4.0 GPA, and Bergsma sported a 3.60 GPA in business administration.
Also an Academic All-American the last two seasons, Fischer is one of the team’s most versatile players on the court. This week, she ranked third in the Pac-12 and 137th nationally in aces (0.31 per set), and second on the team in digs (2.45 per set), third in kills (2.77 p/s), and fourth in hitting (.243). The team’s active career double-double leader (33) also ranks top 10 all-time for UO in points (sixth, 1,305), aces (eighth, 106) and attempts (eighth, 3,165).
An AVCA All-American last year, Bergsma ranked ninth nationally this week in kills (4.61 p/s) and 10th in points (5.13 p/s), and also ranked second and first in the Pac-12, respectively. After her 84 career matches for the Ducks, she already ranks fourth all-time in career points (1,316.5), and ninth in career kills (1,190).
Fischer’s honor was her third straight career-wise, and Bergsma’s was her first. Senior teammate Kellie Kawasaki was a third-team pick in 2010, and the other three honorees under eighth-year head coach Jim Moore include setter Nevena Djordjevic (2008-2nd; ’09-3rd) and middle blocker Kristin Bitter (2006-1st).
Prior to Moore’s arrival, only one other Duck had picked up academic all-district honors – former setter Casey Crisler in 1995, ’96 and ’97.
Bergsma and Fischer are now eligible for the national volleyball Academic All-America team that is voted on by collegiate sports information directors and announced later this month.
To be eligible for the all-district vote by college sports information directors, nominees must sport a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore returnee at her school, and be a starter or important reserve (and played at least 50 percent of their team's contests).
More information on Academic All-District and Academic All-America honors is available at the www.cosida.com website at the http://cosida.com/awards/allamerica.aspx URL address.
This weekend, UO (20-3, 11-3) ranks second in the Pac-12 standings and remains at home to welcome its desert rivals.
Oregon first faces Arizona State (16-11, 5-9) on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., then takes on Arizona (13-12, 5-9) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.
Against the Sun Devils, fans that wear a KIDSPORTS t-shirt will get discounted G.A. tickets ($1 youth; $5 adults). Against the Wildcats, the BI-MART 2-for-1 Night promotion means that fans that show a BI-MART card at the door will get two G.A. tickets for the price of one.
District 8 First Team
Alaina Bergsma, Oregon, Sr., Chandler, Ariz., 3.60, Business Administration
Katherine Fischer, Oregon, Sr., Los Altos, Calif., 4.01, Accounting
Marissa Brand, Fresno State, Jr., Cypress, Calif., 3.90, Criminology: Forensic Science
Kelly Biette, Seattle, Sr., Brighton, Colo., 3.92, Biology
Natalie Hagglund, USC, Jr., Encinitas, Calif., 3.44, Communications
Carrie Baird, San Diego, Sr., Greenwood Village, Colo., 3.87, Spanish and Business Administration
Andrea Hannasch, San Diego State, Sr., New Braunfels, Texas, 3.82, Math
District 8 Second Team
Valentina Zaloznik, San Francisco, So., Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia, 3.96, Business Administration
Allison Davies, UNLV, So., Eugene, Ore., 3.96, Undecided
Madiline Westman, UNLV, Jr., Wauconda, Ill., 3.86, Communications
Kylie Edinger, Gonzaga, Sr., Billings, Mont., 3.91, Human Physiology
Lauren Corp, St. Mary’s, (CA), Sr., Villa Park, Calif., 3.40, Politics
Bailey Bateman, Utah, So., Hooper, Utah, 3.61, Criminal Justice
Amanda Gil, Washington, Sr., San Jose, Calif., 3.41, Communications
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