EUGENE – University of Oregon senior outside hitters Katherine Fischer and Alaina Bergsma were rewarded for their excellence in the classroom with Academic All-America awards in Thursday’s announcement sponsored by Capital One.

Fischer, an accounting major with a 4.01 grade point average, became the second Duck to receive repeat first-team volleyball honors, while she was a third-team recipient as a sophomore. The Los Altos, Calif., native was also one of two players on the six-person squad in '12 that sported 4.0 cumulative GPA’s.

Bergsma, a business administration major with a 3.60 grade point average, was a third-team choice en route to her first career honor. The Chandler, Ariz., native gave the Ducks their first-ever pair of same-year recipients, and the only team among the nation's 330 Division 1 programs that sported two honorees this year.

The Duck duo were among three Pac-12 honorees spotted among the three teams' 18 combined players, along with USC junior libero and third-team pick Natalie Hagglund.

On the court, Fischer ranks seventh in the Pac-12 and 248th nationally in aces (0.27 per set) this season. The team’s active career double-double leader (35) also ranks top 10 all-time for UO in points (fifth, 1,410.0), digs (seventh, 1,167), attempts (seventh, 3,412), aces (eighth, 113) and kills (10th, 1,206). She has led the team in aces in 26 career matches, and her # of match highs for other categories follows: kills (19), digs (17), hitting (13), points (12) and blocks (9).

Bergsma ranks top five nationally in kills (fourth, 4.93 p/s) and in points (fifth, 5.43 p/s) and leads the conference in both categories. After 94 career matches for UO, the third-year Duck ranks fourth all-time in career points (1,539.5), fifth in career hitting (.282) and sixth in career kills (1,206),and top 10 on UO all-time season rolls in points per set (second, 5.43 p/s), points (second, 602.5), kills per set (fifth, 4.93), hitting (sixth, .340) and kills (seventh, 547).

A three-time honoree, Fischer is the second Duck to land multiple honors with four-time recipient Sue Harbor (First Team - 1984, '85; Second Team – 1982, ‘83).

Two other Ducks received have third-team honors once before - Kristen Bitter (2006) and Casey Crisler (1997).

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); be a sophomore or older; and played at least one full calendar year at her current institution.

Voting was conducted by college sports information directors, and more information on all academic award is available at the www.CoSIDA.com website at the http://cosida.com/awards/allamerica.aspx  URL address.

The past month, Fischer and Bergsma also received academic all-district honors, and were tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic fFrst and Honorable Mention teams, respectively.

The Ducks added several other noteworthy athletic honors earlier this week. Bergsma and junior setter Lauren Plum were tabbed to the AVCA All-America First Team, and sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner was a Second-Team selection. All three players were also All-Pac-12 and All-Region honorees.

Team-wise tonight,  #5-seeded Oregon (29-4, 16-4) will play top-ranked Penn State in the NCAA semifinal at approximately 6 p.m. PT. Immediately before, #3 seed Texas will play Michigan at 4 p.m. PT.

The winner of both semifinal matches will then play for the 32nd-ever national championship Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

All three matches will be televised live by ESPN2 and ESPN3.com


2012 Capital One 2011 Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Team

FIRST TEAM
Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major
Andrea Beck, Wake Forest, Sr., Winston-Salem, N.C., 3.96, Biology
Moriah Bellissimo, Georgia Southern, Sr., Blackstone, Va., 4.00, Exercise Science
Katy Buck, Towson, Jr., Catonsville, Md., 3.99, Biology
*Katherine Fischer (1) #, Oregon, Sr., Los Altos, Calif., 4.01, Accounting
Gina Mancuso, Nebraska, Sr., Omaha, Neb., 3.67, Marketing
Ariel Turner (2), Purdue, Sr., Highlands Ranch, Col., 3.49, Mechanical Engineering

SECOND TEAM
Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major
Megan Bober, Creighton, Sr., Murdock, Neb., 3.82, Exercise Science
Danielle Carlson, Marquette, Sr., Marshfield, Wis., 3.72, Psychology, Theology
Dana Cranston, Colorado State, Sr., Fort St. John, B.C., 3.89, Business Administration
Andrea Hannasch, San Diego State, Sr., New Braunfels, Texas, 3.82, Mathematics
Jamie Straube, Iowa State, Sr., Tecumseh, Neb., 3.99, Kinesiology
Nrithya Sundararaman, Miami (Fla.), Sr., Naperville, Ill., 3.90, Neurobiology

THIRD TEAM
Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major
*Alaina Bergsma, Oregon, Sr., Chandler, Ariz., 3.60, Business Administration
Sabrina Burns, Stephen F. Austin State, Sr., McAlester, Okla., 4.00, Professional Accountancy
Sheina Fernandes, Oral Roberts, Sr., Porto Alegre, Brazil, 4.00, International Business
Natalie Hagglund, Southern California, Jr., Encinitas, Calif., 3.44, Communications
Christina Teter, Chattanooga, Sr., Signal Mountain, Tenn., 4.00, Biology
Bailey Yeager, Southern Illinois, Sr., Brownsburg, Ind., 3.92, Speech Comm. Disorders

(1) Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2011
(2) Capital One Academic All-America® Division I second team selection in 2011
# Capital One Academic All-America® University Division third team selection in 2010

 

 
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