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Alaina Bergsma named AVCA National Player of the Year


Steve Dykes

When the Oregon volleyball team takes the floor Saturday in their first-ever national championship match, they will be doing so with the player of the year on their side. Senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was named the 2012 player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Bergsma adds to her her trophy haul after taking home Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, and earned her second straight spot on the national All-America team. She led the Pac-12 in kills per game and points per game, and had a hitting percentage of .300 of higher in 23 of Oregon's 34 matches.

In addition to Bergsma's honors, junior setter Lauren Plum was also named a first-team All-American, and sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner made the second-team. Oregon's three All-Americans double the total of All-Americans in the program's history, making this team's ascent to the top all the more astounding. Congrats to Alaina Bergsma!