WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After posting the Pac-12’s highest kill and point totals of the season, All-American Alaina Bergsma was again honored Monday as the Pac-12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week.
Last weekend, she led the No. 6 University of Oregon volleyball team (23-4, 14-4) to a split in its final out-of-state road trip of the regular season at Washington State (3-1 win) and No. 5 Washington (3-2 loss). The Cougars win was UO’s 14th straight in the series, and the marathon Husky battle evened the series at 4-4 the last four years.
The redshirt senior outside hitter logged career-high kill totals in Pullman (32) and Seattle (31). She also posted Pac-12 season bests of 33.5 points in both matches, and those point/kill tallies were Oregon’s best since 2009.
Her .302 hitting mark vs. the Huskies is one of 21 +.300 totals on the season, and her .452 total vs. the Cougars is one of nine +.400. With her 11 and 15 digs at UW / WSU, she added her fourth and fifth double-doubles of ‘12, and the latter was a Duck career high.
Her season-high two aces vs. UW was the 10th time that she has led the team in the category this year, and she owns similar team-leading honors in kill and points in 18 and 17 matches in 2012, respectively.
Her weekend per set kill average (7.00 p/s) was a season best for the Chandler, Ariz., native, and this week she again handily leads the Pac-12 in kills and points (4.91 / 5.39 p/s) and stands fifth nationally in each category.
On Duck all-time lists, she moved to fourth career-wise in points (1,427.5) and seventh in kills (1,296), and her 490.5 points on the campaign is already eighth-best in a season for Oregon.
Monday’s other top defensive and freshman weekly awards went to USC junior libero Natalie Hagglund and USC freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, respectively.
Bergsma became the first player in 2012 to win three Pac-12 offensive honors, and it was a Duck-best sixth career-wise. In mid-October, she won her fifth honor after UO won 3-1 over then-No. 2 Washington (23 kills, .348) and 3-0 vs. WSU (11 kills, .435, 4 blocks) in Eugene.
In late August, Bergsma picked up similar honors after she was named the D.C. Kohl Sports Impact Classic Tournament MVP. She helped then-No. 20 Oregon open the season with sweeps of Toledo and Houston, then rally from an 0-2 deficit at then-No. 24 Ohio State for a 3-2 win. In the latter match at the returning NCAA Regional advancer Buckeyes, she landed 23 kills and 15 digs, and hit .333.
She also won a pair of honors in 2011 after her play in September home wins vs. Cal Poly (14K, 14D), Arizona (.353, 16K) and ASU (.391, 22K), and the team’s August upset of then-No. 1 Penn State (19K) and 3-2 loss to then-No. 12 Minnesota (23K, 11D).
Her first Pac-12 (and national) weekly honor in September 2010 came after UO swept then-returning NCAA qualifier WSU and ended the then-No. 7 Washington’s 36-set season win streak in a 3-1 decision in Eugene.
Overall for the Ducks, Monday’s weekly honor was the 18th in head coach Jim Moore’s eight years at the helm, and 27th all-time for Oregon since 1986.
Before this season, Oregon’s previous all-time career high belonged to All-American Sonja Newcombe, who won four honors from 2006-09.
Two other Ducks have also scored Pac-12 Offensive POW laurels in conference play this year.
In late September, junior setter Lauren Plum staked her third Pac-12 career honor after UO swept both returning conference champion and then-No. 2 USC and No. 26 Oregon State and was later named the AVCA National Player of the Week. The All-Pac-12 pick from Poway, Calif. posted 48 and 46 assists vs. OSU and USC - the team’s season high for three-set matches.
Last Monday, sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner won her first Offensive Player of the Week honor after the team’s 3-0 win over Arizona and 3-2 victory over ASU. Against the Wildcats, she posted team three-set season highs in kills (18) and points (23.5), and topped the team in hitting (.516) and aces (career high 4). Against the Sun Devils, she stood second on the team in kills (17) and points (17), and her 11 digs marked her fourth double-double of the season.
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.
This week, the Ducks open the final week of the regular season with a Senior Day home tilt vs. returning national champion and No. 7 UCLA (21-6, 13-5) on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Fans that show a Stanford football ticket stub from last weekend will get a volleyball G.A. ticket for $1. Fans can also bring two non-perishable food items to donate and get a $3 G.A. ticket.
UO then wraps the campaign with a Civil War clash at Oregon State (14-16, 4-14) Friday night at 8 p.m.
Fans can tune in to watch the Bruin and Beaver matches live on the Pac-12 Oregon TV Network.
Later this weekend, the 64-team NCAA tournament will be announced on Sunday, November 25 at 1 p.m. Pacific Time by ESPNU. Next weekend, NCAA First- and Second-round action is slated for Thursday-Sunday, November 30-December 2.
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.)
2013 – Nov. 19, Alaina Bergsma (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: Taylor Arizobal, ARIZ; Nora Tuioti-Mariner, ASU; Alexis Austin, COLO; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Alexis Olgard, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH; Kylin Muñoz, WASH.
DEFENSIVE: Ronni Lewis, ARIZ; Stephanie Preach, ASU; Chelsey Keoho, COLO; Haley Jacob, ORE; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Bojana Todorovic, UCLA; Bailey Bateman, UTAH; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Olivia Magill, ARIZ; Whitney Follette, ASU; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Canace Finley, ORE; Inky Ajanaku, STAN; Becca Strehlow, UCLA; Cassie Strickland, 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
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