Bergsma, Kidder named Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma and UCLA senior outside hitter Rachael Kidder were named to the senior CLASS award All-American teams, the senior CLASS award announced Thursday. Bergsma was named first-team All-American, while Kidder was named second-team.
Bergsma, a business administration major with a focus in sports business and a minor in economics was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year this season and was named to the All-Pac-12 team. She was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team. She earned Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors three times this season and was named honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic. She has helped lead Oregon to the Final Four this season for the first-time in the program history. Bergsma and the Ducks takes on top-seeded Penn State tonight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
In the past year she has served more than 100 hours of community service. She helped judge fundraiser pageants for the Children's Miracle Network in Oregon and raised over $45,000 in combination with the four schools she assisted. She has spoke at many local and statewide events about goal building, how to accomplish your dreams and being a Division I athlete. Bergsma was named an AVCA third-team All-American, as well as, All-Pac-12 and All-Region first team honoree in 2011.
Kidder, a political science major, was named to the All-Pac-12 team this season and earned Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011, she has also earned UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll accolades three times. This season she was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention. She is second in kills among the active career leaders with 1,442.
She has volunteered for three years with Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization that targets children most vulnerable to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, Kidder has worked with UCLA's "I'm Going to College" program and took part in "A Run for Hope." During her junior season, Kidder led the Bruins in kills per set (4.70) and points per set (5.24). She earned first team All-America, All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors and helped UCLA to a National Championship, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.
Alaina Bergsma, Oregon
Ashley Frazier, Kentucky
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan
Gina Mancuso, Nebraska
Ariel Turner, Purdue
Dana Cranston, Colorado State
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis
Rachael Kidder, UCLA
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton
Sam Serley, UAB