EUGENE – In the wake of the University of Oregon’s greatest volleyball season, Volleyball Magazine rewarded redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma, junior Lauren Plum and head coach Jim Moore with several of its top honors.
Bergsma, an outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., was tabbed the National Co-Player of the Year with Texas sophomore outside hitter Ashley Eckerman.
She was joined on the 10-person national All-America First Team with Plum, a setter from Poway, Calif., while Moore received his first Coach of the Year honor from the publication.
Oregon was the only Pac-12 team with two first-team honorees, and one of three nationally with Penn State and Texas.
Two other conference players were first-team picks - Stanford junior middle blocker Carly Wopat and USC junior libero Natalie Hagglund.
The league’s five other honorees on remaining squads included UCLA outside hitters Rachael Kidder (2nd team) and Tabi Love (2nd team), USC outside hitter Samantha Bricio (3rd team) and Washington outside hitter Krista Vansant (2nd team) and middle blocker Amanda Gil (3rd team)).
Bricio also was tabbed as the National Freshman of the Year by the magazine.
Bergsma ranked fifth nationally in kills (4.85 per set) and points (5.35 p/s), and also topped the conference in both categories and stood 10th in hitting (.325). She also received the Ducks’ first-ever AVCA/Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, and the Honda Award for volleyball. Among her 35 matches on the season, she had 25 +.300 hitting totals (and 11 +.400), and her season-high 32 kills was a Pac-12 season best and one of eight +20-kill tallies on the campaign.
The Pac-12 Setter of the Year, Plum topped the nation in assists (13.37 per set) in 2012, and owned the Pac-12’s first-, third- and fourth-best assist totals of the season (75, 68, 66).Team-wise, the Ducks ranked first team-wise in the nation in kills (15.95 per set) and ninth in hitting with a school-record-tying mark (.289) under her direction.
The eighth-year mentor Moore picked up his second national coach of the year laurel with the Ducks after he received similar honors by Collegiate Volleyball Update in 2007. He was also an AVCA National Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II after he led Northern Michigan to an NCAA title in 1993.
A month ago, the Ducks (30-5, 16-4) capped their greatest season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament. UO entered the tourney as the #5 seed overall and advanced to the final after it upset its third top-ranked foe the last two years with its 3-1 victory over Penn State. In prior postseason contests, UO swept Northern Colorado and AVCA-No. 13 ranked Dayton the opening weekend in Eugene, then bested #12 seed BYU and #4 seed Nebraska by 3-1 counts in the third and fourth rounds in the Omaha Regional.
Oregon’s runner-up Pac-12 placing was its highest ever – two spots better than its previous best – while its overall and Pac-12 win tallies (30/16) also were school records. Four months after it was tabbed No. 20 in the preseason, the Ducks staked nine top-five rankings during the season, and has now been ranked top 25 for 88 editions with Moore at the helm (including 53 in the top 15, and all 26 of the team’s ever top-10 honors).
More information on the Volleyball Magazine awards is available at the following URL address: http://volleyballmag.com/articles/42894-2012-volleyball-magazine-ncaa-women-s-all-americans
Last month, Bergsma and Plum picked up similar AVCA First-Team All-America honors, while sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner was tabbed to the national Second Team and became the Ducks’ first underclass volleyball All-American. All three players were also All-Pac-12 and All-Region recipients.
Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-Americans
Alaina Bergsma - Oregon | 6'3" | OH | Sr. | Chandler, Ariz. - A 2012 Senior CLASS Award finalist, Omaha NCAA Regional Player of the Tournament, and Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bergsma ranked fifth nationally and first on her team in kills per set with 4.92. The redshirt senior transferred from Loyola Marymount in 2010.
Haley Eckerman - Texas | 6'3" | OH | So. | Waterloo, Iowa - The 2011 AVCA and VBM Freshman of the Year, Eckerman continued her impressive career in 2012, leading her team in kills per set and tying for overall kills. She ranks 12th in the country in kills per set and 10th in points per set and was named Big 12 Player of the Year.
Natalie Hagglund - USC | 5'9" | L | Jr. | Encinitas, Calif. -Hagglund was named Pac-12 Libero of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and became the only player in the Pac-12 to tally over 40 digs in a single match when she collected 44 in the match against Stanford. The 2011 AVCA and VBM First-Team All-American was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.
Micha Hancock - Penn State | 5'11" | S | So. | Edmond, Okla. - Hancock received the inaugural Big Ten Setter of the Year award this season after being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011. She set the Nittany Lions to a .305 hitting percentage in the regular season, ranking the squad third in the nation and has a fearsome jump serve that placed her third in the division in aces per set with .065.
Emily Hartong - Hawaii | 6'2" | OH | Jr. | Los Alamitos, Calif. - The 2012 Big West Player of the Year and 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year, Hartong played various front row positions for Hawaii before settling in as an outside this season. She ranked seventh in the nation in kills per set and had only one match in which she did not post double-digit kills this season.
Chloe Mann - Florida | 6'2" | MB | Jr. | Gainesville, Fla. -Mann led the NCAA in hitting percentage with .442 and is on track to beat Florida’s career hitting percentage record by her senior season. In the season-closing loss to Texas, she hit .500 with 14 kills, and in the SEC championship match against LSU, she collected a season-high eight blocks.
Lauren Plum - Oregon | 5'9" | S | Jr. | Poway, Calif. - A 2011 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and USA Volleyball A2 team member, Plum was named the 2012 Pac-12 Setter of the Year. She set the Ducks to a NCAA-high 15.94 kills per set and holds the individual lead for assists per set with 13.26.
Ariel Scott - Penn State | 6'4" | Opp. | Jr. | Ridgewood, N.J. - Scott was named Big Ten Player of the Year and West Lafayette Regional Championship MVP for her big presence on the right side, both as an attacker and blocker. She led the Nittany Lions in kills per set with 3.73 and was third on the squad in total blocks with 97.
Bailey Webster - Texas | 6'3" | OH | Jr. | Baltimore, Md. - The 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, Webster collected her second First-Team All-Big 12 honor this year. She was also a First-Team VBM and AVCA All-American in 2011. This season, Webster tallied a .353 hitting percentage and ranked second on the team for points per set with 4.35.
Carly Wopat - Stanford | 6'2" | MB | Jr. | Santa Barbara, Calif. - A 2012 First-Team All-Pac-12 honoree, this is Wopat’s second year on the VBM First-Team All-American list. She tallied double-digit kills in 17 matches and hit .400 or above in 15 this season and led the Cardinal in total blocks and blocks per set with 171 and 1.45 respectively.
Name, School, Height, Position, Year, Hometown
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, 5-11, OH, Sr., Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tori Dixon, Minnesota, 6-3, MB, Jr., Burnsville, Minn.
Jennifer Hamson, BYU, 6-7, Opp., Jr., Lindon, Utah
Rachael Kidder, UCLA, 6-3, OH., Sr., Moorpark, Calif.
Tabi Love, UCLA, 6-5, OH, Sr., Dauphin, Canada
Gina Mancuso, Nebraska, 6-1, OH, Sr., Omaha, Neb.
Deja McClendon, Penn State, 6-1, OH, Jr., Louisville, Ky.
Ashley Neff, Florida State, 6-3, MB, Jr., Kennesaw, Ga.
Katie Slay, Penn State, 6-6, MB, Jr., Raleigh, N.C.
Krista Vansant, Washington, 6-2, OH, So., Redlands, Calif.
Hannah Werth, Nebraska, 6-1, OH, Sr., Springfield, Ill.
Name, School, Height, Position, Year, Hometown
Samantha Bricio, USC, 6-2, OH, Fr., Guadalajara, Mexico
Amanda Gil, Washington, 6-6, MB, Sr., San Jose, Calif.
Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, 5-6, L, Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Katherine Harms, Minnesota, 6-2, Opp., Sr., Albertville, Minn.
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa, 5-11, OH, Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas, 6-2, MB, Jr., Calgary, Canada
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton, 6-4, OH, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Živa Recek, Florida, 6-0, OH, Fr., Kočevje, Slovenia
Ariel Turner, Purdue, 6-1, OH, Sr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Nicole Warner, BYU, 6-2, MB, Sr., Rigby, Idaho
Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State, 6-1, OH, Jr., Geneva, Ill.
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