Oregon's Bergsma and USC's Hagglund and Bricio named Pac-12 players of the week

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-18. OREGON's Alaina Bergsma was named the Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, USC's Natalie Hagglund was voted the Defensive Player of the Week and Trojan teammate Samantha Bricio was tabbed the league's Freshman of the Week.

All-American senior Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.) logged career highs and the Pac-12's top-two kill totals of the season last week, helping Oregon to a 1-1 week. Bergsma recorded 31 kills with a .302 hitting percentage, and added 11 digs, in the five-set loss to then-No. 6 Washington in Seattle. She followed up with a 32-kill, 15-digs outing in the four-set victory at Washington State. Her hitting efficiency was even better against the Cougars, hitting at a .452 clip. Her kill tallies were the team's best since 2009. Bergsma averaged 7.00 kills and 7.44 points per set, while hitting .376 over the two matches. She leads the Conference with 4.91 kills and 5.39 points per set. Last week, she ranked in the top-10 in the country in both categories.

USC junior Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) posted a career-high 44 digs in the four-set win and upset of then-No. 1 Stanford. Her total was just one dig shy of the program's record and the most ever by a Trojan in a four-set match and the most of any Pac-12 player this season. In the five-set win over California, she tallied 19 digs to help the Trojans to a five-set victory. She pushed her total career digs to 1,609 to rank third all-time at USC and currently leads the Pac-12 with 5.01 digs per set.

USC outside hitter Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Mexico) was an unstoppable force for the Trojans as she carried the Women of Troy to a pair of wins, including an upset of top-ranked Stanford and a five-set victory over California. Bricio led all scorers each night, recording her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and a career-high 22 digs against the Cardinal. She also had a pair of service aces in the win to log 21.0 points. Against the Bears, she had 18 kills and two aces, as well as two timely solo blocks to post 22.0 points. On the weekend, she averaged 4.11 kills, 3.44 digs and 4.78 points per set. She ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in kills (4.12) and is the league leader in service aces (0.34).

It is the third time this season Bergsma has received the weekly offensive nod and the third of her career. It is Oregon's 25th weekly honor all-time. It is Hagglund's third-career defensive honor, all three selections coming this season. It is USC's 53rd all-time weekly award. Bricio is the freshman of the week for a league-leading fifth time this season.

Weekly awards have been selected every week of the season since the Conference began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. It is the second year the Pac-12 has announced an offensive, defensive and rookie honoree.

Oregon closes out the regular season with a home match against UCLA on Tuesday, Nov. 20, which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, followed by a short trip to visit its traditional rival, Oregon State, on Friday, Nov. 23. USC hits the road for its final two regular-season matches, heading to Oregon State on Tuesday, before heading back to Los Angeles to face the Bruins on Friday, live on the Pac-12 Networks.

For more information, including a full television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com

Also Nominated:
OFFENSIVE: Taylor Arizobal, ARIZ; Nora Tuioti-Mariner, ASU; Alexis Austin, COLO; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Alexis Olgard, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH; Kylin Muñoz, WASH.

DEFENSIVE: Ronni Lewis, ARIZ; Stephanie Preach, ASU; Chelsey Keoho, COLO; Haley Jacob, ORE; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Bojana Todorovic, UCLA; Bailey Bateman, UTAH; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.

FRESHMAN: Olivia Magill, ARIZ; Whitney Follette, ASU; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Canace Finley, ORE; Inky Ajanaku, STAN; Becca Strehlow, UCLA; Cassie Strickland, WASH.



2012 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Players of the Week
  Offensive Defensive Freshman
Aug. 27 Alaina Bergsma, ORE Arica Nassar, OSU Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 3 Krista Vansant, WASH Karsta Lowe, UCLA Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 10 Camille Saxton, OSU Beck Defoe, OSU Madi Bugg, STAN
Sept. 17 Arica Nassar, OSU Marcelina Glab, WSU Macey Gardner, ASU
Sept. 24 Lauren Plum, ORE Jordan Burgess, STAN Jordan Burgess, STAN
Oct. 1 Krista Vansant, WASH Amanda Gil, WASH Macey Gardner, ASU
Oct. 8 Samantha Bricio, USC Natalie Hagglund, USC Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 15 Alaina Bergsma, ORE Kyle Gilbert, STAN Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Oct. 22 Carly Wopat, STAN Melanie Wade, WASH Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 29 Tabi Love, UCLA Natalie Hagglund, USC Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Nov. 5 Carly Wopat, STAN Kat Brown, CAL Brittany Howard, STAN
Nov. 12 Liz Brenner, ORE Brittany Howard, STAN Brittany Howard, STAN
Nov. 19 Alaina Bergsma, ORE Natalie Hagglund, USC Samantha Bricio, USC


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