Three from Pac-12 named volleyball academic All-Americans

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 volleyball players were selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today. OREGON's Katherine Fischer was named to the first team, while teammate Alaina Bergsma and USC's Natalie Hagglund were voted to the third team.

Katherine Fischer is a first team Academic All-American for the second-straight year. A senior out of Los Altos, Calif., she has managed a 4.01 grade point average in accounting while playing in every match for the Ducks, who have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country this season. Along with teammate Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.), the duo have helped Oregon to advance to its first-ever NCAA semifinal this evening. Fischer averaged 2.68 kills per set and 2.46 digs per set while hitting .251 percent.

Bergsma was named the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year. She is a business administration major with a 3.60 GPA. She leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the country with 4.93 kills per set, while scoring 5.43 points per set, which ranks fifth in the NCAA.

USC's Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) was voted the Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second-straight year after averaging 5.02 digs per set. She helped the Trojans to advance to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year. The Trojans have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country this season as well.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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