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Bergsma Honored as AVCA All-American
Release Date: 12/14/2011
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EUGENE – Redshirt junior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was rewarded with Oregon’s seventh volleyball All-America honor all-time Wednesday after posting one of its greatest seasons.

The Chandler, Ariz., native Bergsma was tabbed to the 14-person AVCA All-America Third Team and was one 42 selected nationally combined among the three teams, while Duck sophomore setter Lauren Plum received her first All-America Honorable Mention nod.

Bergsma became the fifth Duck ever to stake honors in program history, with three others coming in the seven-year tenure of Oregon head coach Jim Moore - Neticia Enesi (3rd-2009; 2nd-‘10; Sonja Newcombe (2nd-2009) and Gorana Maricic (2nd-2008, 2nd-‘07). The other recipient, Sue Harbour, was a first-team pick in 1984.

In this week’s national rankings, Bergsma ranked 12th and 14th nationally in kills and points (4.51 / 5.12 per set), and third in the Pac-12 in kills and fourth in points and aces (0.26 p/s).

Her season-ending and career-high 30 kills in the NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Colorado State moved her up UO all-time season lists in points (second, 578.5) and kills (seventh, 510). Career-wise, she also stood top 10 all-time for the Ducks in hitting (seventh, .250) and points (eighth, 937).

This year in the Pac-12, Bergsma's 30 and 27 kills vs. Colorado State and WSU were the fourth- and eighth-best overall, and the latter was tied for the conference season best in a non-five-set match. She also logged the Pac-12’s sixth, ninth and 10th-best point marks with her 32 vs. CSU, 29 in a five-set win vs. No. 1 UCLA and 28.5 in four-set wins at both ASU and WSU.

Season-wise, she led the squad in kills and points in 24 of its 31 matches, and also a team-high 12 times in aces. Her eight double-doubles in kills and digs also stood third on the squad and 13th-best in the league.

Earlier this month, she claimed All-Pac-12 and All-Region honors, and was joined on both teams by Plum.

The latter player ranked 10th nationally in assists (11.67 per set) this week, and helped UO stand 11th nationally in kills (14.44 per set).

The Poway, Calif,. native paced the squad in aces on 10 occasions – second-most for UO – and in assists all 31 matches. She also capped the year ranked sixth on Duck all-time season lists in total assists (1,330) and assists per set (11.67), and top five career-wise in assists per set (first, 11.71) and total assists (fifth, 2,576).

Earlier this year, Plum and Bergsma were both twice tabbed the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. In October, Plum also became the fifth Duck in as many years to receive AVCA National Player of the Week honors – an award Bergsma picked up in 2010.

The complete All-America Team listing follows below, and a complete AVCA All-America release is available at the following URL address:

Team-wise, the No. 13-ranked Ducks (21-10, 14-8) recently wrapped their sixth straight season of +19 wins and made their fifth postseason trip in six years – both program bests in the modern volleyball era that began in 1981.

In the Pac-12, UO placed sixth in the nation’s top volleyball league - its third upper-division finish under Moore (and sixth all-time). Oregon beat five teams ranked top seven nationally or better for the first time ever, including its first-ever top-ranked opponents, Penn State and UCLA. The win over the Nittany Lions also ended the four-time defending NCAA champions’ NCAA record 94-match home win streak.

2011 AVCA Division I All-America Teams

* courtesy of www.


Year, Position, School
Kelly Murphy*@, SR, S/H, Florida
Deja McClendon^, SO, OH, Penn State
Gina Mancuso, JR, OH, Nebraska
Kanani Danielson*$+, SR, OH, Hawaii
Alex Jupiter*%, SR, OH, USC
Rachael Kidder, JR, OH, UCLA
Natalie Hagglund, SO, L/DS, USC
Colleen Ward^, SR, OH, Illinois
Ariel Turner, JR, OH, Purdue
Rachael Adams*, SR, MB, Texas
Alison Landwehr, JR, S, Iowa State
Kim Hill, SR, RS/Opp., Pepperdine
Kendall Bateman^, SR, S, USC
Bailey Webster, SO, OH, Texas

Name, Year, Position, School
Bianca Rowland, SR, MB, Washington
Tyler Henderson^, JR, OH, Tulsa
Ashley Wittman, SO, OH, Minnesota
Kelsey Robinson, SO, OH, Tennessee
Kristy Jaeckel, SR, OH, Florida
Lane  Carico#, SR, OH, Miami
Emily Hartong, SO, MB, Hawaii
Tarah  Murrey*, SR, OH, California
Bre Payton^, SR, S, Northern Iowa
Katie Slay, SO, MB, Penn State
Haley Eckerman, FR, OH, Texas
Carly Jenson, SR, OH, Iowa State
Jekaterina Stepanova, SR, OH, Florida State
Stephanie Klefot, JR, L/DS, Kentucky

Name, Year, Position, School
Lauren Wicinski, SO, OH, Northern Illinois
Lola Arslanbekova, JR, OH, Louisville
Megan Campbell, SO, MB, Dayton
Alaina Bergsma, JR, OH, Oregon
Ariel Scott, SO, RS/Opp., Penn State
Lauren Williams#, SR, MB, USC
Katelyn Steffan , SR, OH, Colorado State
Jenilee Rathje, SR, OH, Michigan State
Megan Plourde, JR, MB, Colorado State
Brianne Barker#, SR, S, Oklahoma
Michelle Bartsch#, SR, OH, Illinois
Lucy Charuk, SR, MB, Houston
Lisa Henning, SO, OH, Missouri
Kim Maroon, SR, L/DS, Villanova

* = 2010 AVCA First-Team All-America
^ = 2010 AVCA Second-Team All-America
# = 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-America
$ = 2009 AVCA First-Team All-America
@ = 2009 AVCA Second-Team All-America
% = 2009 AVCA Third-Team All-America
! = 2008 AVCA First-Team All-America
+ = 2008 AVCA Third-Team All-America

2011 AVCA Freshman of the Year: Haley Eckerman, Texas, OH

Hannah Werth, JR, OH, Nebraska
Lauren Plum, SO, S, Oregon
Emily Danks, JR, RS/Opp., Ohio State
Chaniel Nelson, RS Fr., RS/Opp., N. Carolina
Morgan Broekhuis, SO, RS/Opp., Nebraska
Kristen Hahn, SO, L/DS, Iowa State
Laurie Gonzalez, SR, L/DS, Albany
Rachel Vukson, SR, S, Central Florida
Lauren Cook, JR, S, Nebraska
Kellie Woolever, SO, S, Pepperdine
Sallie McLaurin, SO, MB, Oklahoma
Brittany Hewitt, JR, MB, Hawaii
Kelsey Black, SR, OH, Texas A&M
Suzy Boulavsky, SR, RS/Opp., Oklahoma
Krista DeGeest, JR, MB, Northern Iowa
Lindsey Miller, JR, MB, Texas A&M
Kaitlynn Pelger, SO, MB, Kansas State
Jamie Straube, JR, MB, Iowa State
Sandra Adeleye, JR, MB, Clemson
Cara Baarendse, JR, MB, Virginia Tech
Ali Becker, SR, MB, Miami
Kellie Catanach, SR, S, Duke
Visnja Djurdjevic, SR, OH, Florida State
Katie Gallagher, SR, S, Miami
Kaylie Gibson, SR, L/DS, North Carolina
Christiana  Gray, JR, MB, Duke
Ali McCurdy, SO, L/DS, Duke
Emily McGee, JR, OH, North Carolina
Monique Mead, JR, RS/Opp., Georgia Tech
Ashley Neff, SO, MB, Florida State
Tori Dixon, SO, MB, Minnesota
Tiffany Fisher, SR, MB, Purdue
Kristin Hoffman, SR, S, Northern Illinois
Mari Hole, JR, OH, Ohio State
Jessica Adams, JR, L/DS, Tulsa
Nancy Cole, JR, MB, Rice
Angelica Crump, SO, OH, Central Florida
Kasey Elswick, JR, L/DS, Tenn.-Martin
Altrese Hawkins, JR, OH, Memphis
Megan Murphy, H, OH, Rice
Rachel Neuberger, SO, MB, Wisc.-Milwaukee
Taylor Root, JR, L/DS, Valparaiso
Sam Serley, JR, MB, Alabama at Birmingham
Kelsea Seymour, SR, S, S. Mississippi
Kerri Schuh, SR, RS/Opp., Wisc.-Milwaukee
Diana Silva, JR, OH, Tulsa
Taylor Brauneis, SO, S, Louisville
Sarah Brown, SO, OH, Xavier
Danielle Carlson, JR, MB, Marquette
Melissa  Harpenau, SR, OH, Cincinnati
Chelsea Heier, FR, S, Marquette
Ciara Jones, SR, OH, Marquette
Rachel Krabacher, JR, OH, Dayton
Kiesha Leggs, SR, MB, Pittsburgh
Kendall Polan, SO, S/H, Yale
Jordanne Scott, JR, RS/Opp., Cincinnati
Samantha Selsky, JR, S, Dayton
Chloe Ferrari, SO, MB, San Diego
Megan Ganzer, SR, OH, Washington State
Jennifer Hamson, SO, RS/Opp., BYU
Rachel Williams, SO, OH, Stanford
Carly Wopat, SO, MB, Stanford
Ashley Adams, JR, OH, MTSU
Whitney Billings, SO, RS/Opp., Kentucky
Leslie Cikra, JR, RS/Opp., Tennessee
DeeDee Harrison, JR, MB, Tennessee
Christine Hartmann, JR, S, Kentucky
Elizabeth Neisler, JR, OH, Samford
Mary Pollmiller, FR, S, Tennessee
Jordyn Skinner, JR, OH, Western Kentucky
Melanie Stutsman, SO, S, Western Kentucky
Regina Thomas, SR, MB, Mississippi
Allison Buck, SR, L/DS, New Mexico
Jennah DeVries, SR, S, New Mexico State
Haleigh Hampton, SO, MB, Long Beach St.
Andrea Hannasch, JR, MB, San Diego State
Jennifer Keddy, SR, MB, Cal Poly
Caitlin Ledoux, SR, OH, Long Beach State
Chelsey Lowe, SR, L/DS, UC Santa Barbara
Jodi Purdy, JR, OH, Wyoming
Ashley Rhoades, SR, MB, New Mexico
Stacey Schmidt, SR, RS/Opp., UCSB

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