EUGENE – The University of Oregon volleyball team was excited to announce another key addition for the 2010 fall campaign.
Redshirt sophomore-to-be and 6-2, opposite side hitter Alaina Bergsma will enroll at the University of Oregon spring term and is expected to be a key player for the Duck offense.
Last year as a redshirt freshman for Loyola Marymount, the Chandler, Ariz., native was tabbed to the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) Rising Stars top freshman team after she was honored as the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and an All-WCC First Team pick.
She ended the 2009 campaign ranked ninth nationally in points (5.24 per set), 14th overall (and second among freshmen) in kills (4.47 per set) and 45th in service aces (0.40). The team’s leader in all three categories, she led the WCC in double-doubles (11), and ranked second in the league in kills (4.47 kps), points (5.24 pps) and service aces (0.40 saps).
A two-time WCC Player of the Week, she posted the league's third- and fourth-highest kill tallies (32 / 28), the conference high in aces (6) and its fourth-best mark (5), and its second-, fourth- and sixth-best point tallies (36.5 / 35 / 29.5).
Altogether at season’s end, she logged +10 kills in 23 of her 29 matches (including eight with +20), hit .300 or better in seven matches (including four at .400 or higher), served multiple aces in 10 matches (including three or more four times), and came up with with +10 digs in 11 contests.
As a prep, she was a 2007 Arizona High School All-American for Valley Christian High School and a member of the Arizona Juniors Club team. Her prep squad advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals her sophomore season and semifinals her junior and senior campaigns.
Bergsma’s arrival will help alleviate the loss of a pair of Duck All-Americans who graduated in '09 - outside hitter Sonja Newcombe (school career points leader – 1,852.0) and middle blocker Neticia Enesi (school season hitting mark leader, .389 - 2008). The Ducks also graduated school career assists record and setter Nevena Djordjevic (4,358 assists).
Four other high school seniors are set to join the Ducks as freshmen in the fall of '10 - 5-11 setter Camryn Irwin (Brush Prairie, Wash. / Prairie HS), 5-9 setter Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif. / Poway HS), 6-0 outside hitter Jaklyn Wheeler (Red Bluff, Calif / Red Bluff HS) and 6-2 middle blocker Ariana Williams (Riverside, Calif. / Poly HS).
The newcomer class will try to help Oregon stake its fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance under sixth-year head coach Jim Moore for the first time in school history and ninth overall.
In ’09, UO was rewarded with a 14th-place seeding in the 64-team NCAA tournament field – its third straight top-16 seeding - after it posted a 20-10 overall record for its third straight 20-win season for the first time since 1978-80 (after it went 25-9 in ’08 and 22-11 in ’07).
Last season, UO also finished .500 or better in Pac-10 action for the third straight season (9-9 ’09; 11-7 ’08; 9-9 ’07) for the first time since 1986-88, and its sixth-place league finish marked its fourth straight top-six finish (fourth in ’08, fifth (tie) in ’07 and sixth (tie) in ’06). The ‘Conference of Champions’ was again the nation’s toughest conference and featured a record eight teams ranked top 25 at various points of the season and also advanced a record-tying eight teams for the second time in the history of the NCAA tourney.
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