WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After helping the University of Oregon volleyball team (25-4, 16-4) stake a best-ever runner-up conference finish, senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer received her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Last Friday, the Ducks staked their 12th win in the last 14 Civil War matches with their 3-0 decision at Oregon State. Three days before in Eugene, UO’s 3-0 victory over No. 7 UCLA was its sixth in the series in as many years, compared with the four-time champions’ prior 45-1 advantage in the rivalry dating back to 1976.
Against the Beavers, the Los Altos, Calif., native Fischer posted a career-high hitting mark (.652) that was Oregon’s second-best of 2012. Her ninth +.300 mark of the slate led the team in hitting for the fourth time this year and 13th time career-wise.
Her 15 kills at Oregon State was her three-set season best and second-best overall, and she led the team for the third time on the campaign and 19th time career-wise. It was the second contest that she was error-free on a +20-hitting attempt night after she also pulled the feat at Arizona in October (9K-0E-20A).
She also added two aces to raise her career tally to 112 – eighth-best all-time for the Ducks and tops among active Pac-12 players. She also ranks top 10 all-time for UO in career points (fifth, 1,370) and attempts (eighth, 3,313).
Against UCLA, she ranked second in kills (9) and added seven digs, two assists and one block.
Among the team’s other five Pac-12 Offensive POW laurels this fall, redshirt senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma upped her school record tally to six with three honors on August 27, October 15 and November 19. Similar nods went to junior setter Lauren Plum (Sept. 24) and sophomore outside Liz Brenner (Nov. 12).
Overall for the Ducks, Monday’s weekly honor was the 19th in head coach Jim Moore’s eight years at the helm, and 28th all-time for Oregon since 1986.
A complete list of all-time Duck honorees follows below, and more information on the award is available at the www.Pac-12.org website.
Team-wise last weekend, UO's second-place league effort improved upon its former-best fourth-place finishes in 2008, 1989, '87 and '86. Friday's outcome also tied the team's top overall win total (25) since the start of the conference in 1986, and second-best since the beginning of NCAA play in 1981 (behind its 27-12 mark in 1984).
This week, the Ducks received a best-ever #5 seed in the 64-team NCAA Tournament, and will host postseason home matches for the first time since 1986.
In Friday’s NCAA First Round, UO faces Northern Colorado at 8 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena, while Dayton and Pepperdine will play immediately before at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the two, first-round winners will play in the NCAA Second Round at 8 p.m.
All-session packages are on sale at www.GoDucks.com for $18 (reserved tickets), $10 (adult G.A.), $6 (students and senior citizens) and $4 for children 3-12 years old (and infants two and under are free with a paying adult).
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
*2011 - Aug. 29, Alaina Bergsma (Offensive)
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.)
2012 – Sept. 24, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2012 – Oct. 15, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2012 – Nov. 12, Liz Brenner (Off.)
2012 – Nov. 19, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2012 – Nov. 26, Katherine Fischer (Off.)
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).
Other Pac-12 POW Nominees This Week:
OFFENSIVE: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Erica Wilson, ASU; Alexis Austin, COLO; Alexis Olgard, USC; Chelsey Schofield, UTAH; Kylin Muñoz, WASH.
DEFENSIVE: Ronni Lewis, ARIZ; Chelsey Keoho, COLO; Haley Jacob, ORE; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Erin Redd, UTAH; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Macey Gardner, ASU; Lara Vukasovic, CAL; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Canace Finley, ORE; Samantha Bricio, USC; Melanie Wade, WASH.
2012 Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Players of the Week
Offensive / Defensive / Freshman
Aug. 27 Alaina Bergsma, ORE / Arica Nassar, OSU / Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 3 Krista Vansant, WASH / Karsta Lowe, UCLA / Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 10 Camille Saxton, OSU / Becky Defoe, OSU / Madi Bugg, STAN
Sept. 17 Arica Nassar, OSU / Marcelina Glab, WSU / Macey Gardner, ASU
Sept. 24 Lauren Plum, ORE / Jordan Burgess, STAN / Jordan Burgess, STAN
Oct. 1 Krista Vansant, WASH / Amanda Gil, WASH / Macey Gardner, ASU
Oct. 8 Samantha Bricio, USC / Natalie Hagglund, USC / Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 15 Alaina Bergsma, ORE / Kyle Gilbert, STAN / Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Oct. 22: Carly Wopat, STAN / Melanie Wade, WASH / Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 29: Tabi Love, UCLA / Natalie Hagglund, USC / Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Nov. 5: Carly Wopat, STAN / Kat Brown, CAL / Brittany Howard, STAN
Nov. 12: Liz Brenner, ORE / Brittany Howard, STAN / Brittany Howard, STAN
Nov. 19: Alaina Bergsma, ORE / Natalie Hagglund, USC / Samantha Bricio, USC
Nov. 26 Katherine Fischer, ORE/ Stephanie Preach, ASU / Jordan Burgess, STAN
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