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Bergsma Toasted as AVCA National Player of the Year
Release Date: 12/14/2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In return for her team's historic season, University of Oregon senior Alaina Bergsma was bestowed with the American Volleyball Coaches Association's top honor at its annual awards banquet Saturday.

The outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., became the Ducks' first honoree, and this week ranked top five nationally in kills (fourth, 4.93 p/s) and in points (fifth, 5.43 p/s).

She led the nation’s top conference in both categories, and also stood eighth in the Pac-12 in hitting (.340).

After her 95 career matches for UO, the third-year Duck ranks third all-time in career points (1,558), fifth in career hitting (.280) and career kills (1,412), and top 10 on UO all-time season rolls in points per set (second, 5.40 p/s), points (second, 621), kills per set (fifth, 4.90), hitting (sixth, .334) and kills (seventh, 563).

Saturday's honor joins a crowded mantle that already includes AVCA All-America First-Team, Pac-12 Player of the Year, NCAA Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and multiple Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors

Sporting a 3.61 GPA, the recent business graduate has also netted Third-Team Academic All-America, Academic All-Pac-12 and Academic All-District laurels.

Also honored at the event Saturday, junior and sophomore teammates Lauren Plum and Liz Brenner were recognized with their fellow First- and Second-Team All-Americans, respectively.

Looking ahead to Saturday evening, the #5-seeded Ducks (30-4, 16-4) point to their biggest match in program history and first-ever NCAA Championship appearance.

UO will face #3-seeded Texas (28-4) in the 32nd annual NCAA finale in Louisville's KFC Yum! Center, and the first serve is set for 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Ducks punched their ticket to the final with a 3-1 semifinal win Thursday over a top-ranked Penn State team (33-3) for the second time in as many years.

Saturday's match will be televised live by ESPN2 and, and more NCAA tourney information is available at the website.

Ducks fans in Eugene can watch the match live for free at Matthew Knight Arena on the Knightvision scoreboard after the men's basketball game vs. Nebraska that starts at 1:30 p.m.

The arena's north-side doors will open for the watch party at 3:30 p.m. Parking in the MKA garage will be free, and the McArthur Club concession stands will stay open through the end of the second set.

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