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#10 Amanda Benson
Position: Libero
Height: 5'7"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Litchfield Park, Ariz.
High School: Xavier Prep
Experience: High School

The Junior National Team libero joins the Ducks for the fall 2013 season, and will compete for the starter role after the graduation of former A2 National Team member Haley Jacob, and fellow four-year L/DS starter Kellie Kawasaki. Is one of three libero/defensive specialists on the UO roster with junior Natalie Bookout Gonzalez and sophomore Tatum Norton. Honored as the Arizona State Player of the Year as a senior, she also won the Best Defender Award in the skills competition at the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match at the NCAA Final Four in Louisville in December 2012.

Prep: Helped the U.S. Junior National Team win the gold medal in the 2012 NORCECA Games in Nicaragua, and was a member of the 2011 USAVB Youth Select A2 National Team. A 2012 PrepVolleyball Senior Ace and Under Armour All-American, the publication also tabbed her a 2010 National Sophomore of the Year Finalist, and Defensive Dandy in 2009 and ’11. In high school action in 2012, the state player of the year helped her Xavier Prep team finish 34-11 and place second in the state championship. As a junior she was an All-Arizona and All-State Division 1 First Team Pick. As a sophomore was an Arizona Large School All-State First-Team pick and National Sophomore of the Year finalist in 2010. As a freshman, she was an Arizona Fiesta All-Region choice and started for the 5A-1 state champion. In club action, she has starred for the Spiral (2013), Club Red (2010-12), and Arizona Sky (2006-09) teams.

Personal: Intended Psychology major. Parents are Brett and Cristina, and has an older brother (Nicholas) and a younger brother (Ryne). Her uncle (David Alcoriza) was a member of the 1996 Olympic Shooting team, and her grandfather (Ronly Alcoriza) is a member of the ATA National Hall of Fame.

“Amanda is the best libero recruit in the country,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “Stacy (Metro, assistant coach) calls her a difference maker, and she is right. She was the starter for the Junior National Team, and can dig balls that are crazy difficult, and also receives serve as well as anyone her age. She has a dynamic, take-charge personality that will help us, too. She will have to work hard to compete with Tatum (Norton) and Natalie (Bookout Gonzalez) for the starting role next year, but is certainly capable.”


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