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Sonja Newcombe
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Sonja Newcombe 54694
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
City/State: Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
High School: Rim of the World
Experience: High School


* During the season, click the STATISTICS link above to see current season stats and updated all-time UO rankings. 

Career Points • 2nd, 1,318.5
Career Kills • 8th, 1,106
Career Attempts • 7th, 3,127
Season Points • 5th, 470.5, 2007
Season Points • 7th, 456.5, 2006

JUNIOR SEASON (2008) - All-America Honorable Mention / All-Region & All-Pac-10 First Team
The first-time All-Region and All-Pac-10 pick again served as floor captain for the Ducks thanks to her consistent and dynamic play on both ends of the court...was tabbed an All-America honorable mention on AVCA, and Under Armour teams – one of a school-record three Ducks picked to various All-America teams...became second Duck in as many seasons to receive AVCA National Player of the Week honors after UO’s home upsets of No. 5 UCLA (4 sets - 19 kills, .326, 18 digs, 6 blocks) and No. 4 USC (3 sets - 6 kills, .357, 7 digs) and also received league honors that week, too, for the second time in her career...ended ‘08 as Duck active leader and top-10 all-time overall in career points (second, 1318.5), kills (eighth, 1106) and attacks (seventh, 3127)...season-wise, ranked second team in kills (328), digs (2.75 avg.) and points (3.62 avg.), and fourth in hitting (.270), blocks (0.72 avg.) and service aces (0.19)...proved her toughness when she came back from a knee sublux injury early in the mid-October match at Washington State to play again the following weekend vs. Utah...over course of campaign, led UO in kills in eight matches, service aces in eight contests, blocks in four matches, hitting in two stops and digs once...posted a team-high 10 double-doubles on the season with her kill-dig totals and has a team-leading 34 in her team’s opening two NCAA Tournament matches, led team in hitting (.390), kills (28, 4.00 k/s), points (36, 5.14 p/s) and service aces (5, 0.71 sa/s)...had one of greatest career matches vs. North Carolina in four-set postseason affair and led team in kills (18), and finished double-double with 11 digs, hit .326, season-high three aces...during the early season, was accorded all-tourney honors in the Oregon Classic and State Farm Illini end of season, posted double-digit kill tallies in 10 of the last 12 of three UO Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honorees.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007) - All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
Repeated as an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and was one of two Ducks that started all 33 matches...ended season ranked third all-time for UO in career points (927.0), and her season point/attack tallies also ranked top 10 in school history (points - fourth, 470.5; seventh, 4.20 avg.; attacks - eighth, 1,134) season’s end, stood second on team in kills (397) and digs (2.61) and fourth in blocks (0.77 avg.)...Had double-digit kill tallies in 21 matches, including two with +20...had 12 double-doubles (kills-blocks), including three of the four last matches of the year and five of the last eight...led Oregon with 22 kills (.348) in NCAA Second Round win at No. 11 Kansas State for season-high 26 points (with one service ace, three blocks) and added 10 NCAA First Round sweep of Missouri State stood second on the team with 13 kills and added 8 digs and career-high five the championship match of the Oregon Kickoff Classic against Kansas, posted her season best hitting mark (.476) and led the Ducks with 14 points (12 kills, four block assists) and had six digs...after KU match, was named tournament MVP after she averaged 4.39 points, .378 hitting percentage, 3.89 kills, 2.56 digs and 0.89 blocks per set...posted her second-best season hitting mark (.455, 11 kills and 10 digs) in a three-set sweep of Cal State Bakersfield...set prior season high in points (24.0), kills (19) and attempts (52) at Arizona State and had 12 digs and six total blocks...four matches later had a career-high 24 kills (.310) and 12 digs at No. 4 UCLA for her second-highest season point tally (24.5).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006) - All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention / All-Pac-10 Freshman Team
Oregon’s top newcomer was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and received all-conference honorable mention accolades...led the team with 4.26 points per set, a mark that ranked fifth in single-season school history...also led the team with 3.56 kills per set...appeared in all 107 sets and started all 29 matches...four times during the year registered matches with a hitting percentage above .400...on four different occasions also totaled at least 20 kills in a match...had arguably the best match of her career in a three-set sweep of Oregon State (.543 hitting) with a career high and single-season team best 27 points, while her 21 kills was second-most that year and third-best overall on the team...added a career-best five aces against the Beavers...had a team-high 20 points, 17 kills, 10 digs and four blocks in 3-1 loss to No. 6 USC...again had team highs of 17 kills and 19.5 points, including 13 digs in 3-1 loss vs. No. 3 Stanford...totaled 24.5 points, 20 kills and three aces against a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to No. 4 Washington, set her then-career high with 22 kills, while adding 25.2 points and 16 digs...also had match highs in kills vs. Arizona State (16 kills, 20.0 points) and Washington State (14 kills, 16.5 points, three blocks)...added 20 points in a 3-1 victory over Oregon State (19 kills) and 3-2 victory over San Diego State (20 kills, 15 digs)...defensively, had a season-best 22 digs in a 3-1 win at Portland...hit a season-best .600 in a three-set sweep of Utah State...had a team season-high 10 blocks in a 3-1 victory at Long Beach State.

The 2005 graduate was the first Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit for Jim Moore at Oregon...recipient of three different Player of the Year awards as a senior: Press Enterprise, Mojave River League, CIF…also made four All-Tournament squads…State Tournament MVP, two Player of the Year awards (Sun Newspaper, Mojave River League) and first team All-CIF as a junior…two-time HS scholar athlete…played for Laguna Beach Volleyball Club.

Born Sonja Elizabeth Newcombe on March 7, 1988 in Lake Arrowhead, Calif...parents are Stephen and Ingrid…has two younger brothers, Eric and Chad...major is Business.


Nicknames: Bonj
Favorite Food: Chicken fettuccine alfredo
Favorite Hobby: Water skiing
Favorite Sports Figure: Lance Armstrong
If I didn’t play volleyball, I’d play: Water polo
If I was a music artist I would be: Faith Hill
My most prized possession is: My family
The countries I’d most like to visit: Australia
If I had a vanity licence plate it would read: DUCKSVB
The best book I ever read: The Lovely Bones
People have told me my celebrity twin is: Katharine McPhee
Most people would be surprised to learn: I danced for 11 years
My most embarrassing moment on the court was: Getting stuck on my face because I didn’t have enough momentum to roll over
My biggest achievement on the court was: State championships and State MVP


Year   SP      K   K/S    E    TA   Pct  A    A/S  SA  SA/S  SE  DIG   D/S  RE  BS   BA   TB  B/S   BE  BHE  Points  Pt/S
2006   107   381  3.56  151  1107  .208  19  0.18  25  0.23  27  320  2.99  18   9   83   92  0.86   5    8  456.5   4.27
2007   112   397  3.54  162  1134  .207  36  0.32  25  0.22  24  292  2.61  16  11   75   86  0.77   4    2  470.5   4.20
2008   108   328  3.04   89   886  .270  40  0.37  21  0.19  27  297  2.75  20   7   71   78  0.72   2    2  391.5   3.62
Career 327  1106  3.38  402  3127  .225  95  0.29  71  0.22  78  909  2.78  54  27  229  256  0.78  11   12  1318.5  4.03

Hitting Pct.  .600  vs. Utah State (9/2/06)
Kills  24  at UCLA (10/11/07)
Attempts  68  vs. California (11/17/06)
Points  27.0  at Oregon State (10/27/06)
Assists  5  vs. Missouri State (11/30/07)
Digs  22  at Portland (9/12/06)
Aces  5  at Oregon State (10/27/06)
Blocks  10  at Long Beach State (8/30/06)
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