Oregon's Bergsma named AVCA national player of the year

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Year. The Pac-12 has now won this award three years in a row after California's Carli Lloyd took the honor in 2010 and USC's Alex Jupiter was named the recipient last year. The award was announced today at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

Bergsma, a Chandler Ariz., native was the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and has led Oregon to its first-ever NCAA final to be played Saturday, December 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Bergsma has averaged 4.92 kills per set and 2.16 digs per set with a .334 hitting percentage so far this season. The senior leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth in the country in both kills per set (4.92) and points per set (5.44).

Already this season she was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team. She was named honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic, first team Senior CLASS Award All-American, Capital One Academic All America District VIII first team and Capital One Academic All-America first team. Bergsma earned Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors three times this season.

In the Ducks run in the NCAA tournament Bergsma has averaged a .326 hitting percentage and averaged 4.83 kills per set. She had her best performance in the national quarterfinals against Nebraska where she boasted 23 kills while hitting .423 and topped it with 11 digs.