Alaina Bergsma named National volleyball player of the year

Alaina Bergsma named National volleyball player of the year
Oregon's Alaina Bergsma, facing, attempts to hit over the defense of Penn State's Nia Grant, left, and Ariel Scott during the national semifinals of the NCAA college women's volleyball tournament Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In return for her team's historic season, University of Oregon senior Alaina Bergsma was bestowed with the season's top honor by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Saturday at its annual awards banquet.


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 fifth in 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 First-Team All-America, Pac-12 Player of the Year, NCAA Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Third-Team Academic All-America, Academic All-Pac-12 and Academic All-District honors, along with three Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week plaques.


Also honored Saturday as First- and Second-Team All-Americans were junior and sophomore teammates Lauren Plum and Liz Brenner.


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

UO will face #3-seeded Texas (28-4) in the 32nd annual NCAA championship in Louisville's KFC Yum! Center, and 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.

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