Bergsma, Plum, Brenner earn All-American honors

EUGENE - After helping the University of Oregon volleyball team to its greatest season ever, redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma, junior Lauren Plum and sophomore Liz Brenner were rewarded with All-America honors Wednesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Becoming the first Duck trio to stake same-season honors, Bergsma and Plum picked up first-team All-America laurels for the first time in their careers, as did Brenner on the national second team.

Bergsma received her second career honor overall after she was tabbed to the national third team in 2011, and became the third Duck to repeat honors. Other UO players with consecutive nods include middle blocker Neticia Enesi (2008-2nd; 2009-3rd) and outside hitter Gorana Maricic (2007-2nd, '08-2nd).

Bergsma and Plum joined former Duck great Sue Harbour (1984) as the program's lone first-team selections, while Brenner is the team's first-ever underclass honoree.

Bergsma, a 6-3 outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., ranks fourth nationally in kills (4.93 per set) and fifth in points (5.43 p/s) this week, and leads the Pac-12 in both categories. In hitting, she stands eighth in the league (.340), and has 25 + .300 hitting totals (and 11 +.400). Her top two kill totals of the season vs. Washington State (32) and Washington (31) also top the Pac-12 this season.

Plum, a 5-9 setter from Poway, Calif., ranks first in NCAA rankings in 2012 in assists per set (13.39), and her 1,526 assists is third-most in Duck history. She has posted the Pac-12's first-, third- and fourth-highest total match totals for 2012 (75 / 68 / 66). Under her guidance, UO ranks first nationally team-wise in kills (15.97 per set) and fifth in hitting (.296) - and the latter is a school record.

Brenner, a 6-1 outside hitter from Portland, ranks 73rd nationally in kills (3.89 p/s) and points (4.36), and ninth and 10th in the Pac-12, respectively. Among her 13 +.300 hitting totals on the season, seven have been +.500, including a season high at USC (.577, 16 kills). Overall in 2012, she has led the team in hitting in 11 matches, and points and kills eight times.

All three players were All-Pac-12 and All-Region honorees in recent weeks, and Bergsma and Plum scored the program's first Pac-12 Player and Setter of the Year honors, respectively.

Overall, Wednesday's AVCA honors raised the program's tally to nine the last six seasons and 10 all-time.

The Ducks scored multiple honors for the third time the last six years, and achieved the feat in 2008 (Enesi, 2nd; Maricic, 3rd) and '09 (Newcombe, 2nd; Enesi, 3rd).

Looking ahead to the final weekend of the season, 5-seeded UO (29-4, 16-4) will make its first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance Thursday vs. top-ranked Penn State (33-2, 19-1) at approximately 6 p.m. PT

In Thursday's other semifinal, #3 seed Texas (27-4) will play unseeded Michigan (27-11) immediately before at 4 p.m. PT.

The winner of those two matches will play for the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

All three matches will be televised live by ESPN2 and

With its second-place Pac-12 finish, Oregon celebrated its best-ever league placing in 27 years of Pac-12 play. The Ducks' regular-season win tally (29) eclipsed its former best (27-12, 1984) since the start of the NCAA volleyball era in 1981.


Alaina Bergsma - AVCA All-America First Team
Lauren Plum - AVCA All-America First Team
Liz Brenner - AVCA All-America Second Team

Alaina Bergsma - AVCA All-America Third Team
Lauren Plum - AVCA All-America Honorable Mention

Sonja Newcombe - AVCA All-America Second Team
Neticia Enesi - AVCA All-America Third Team

Neticia Enesi - AVCA All-America Second Team
Gorana Maricic - AVCA All-America Second Team
Sonja Newcombe - AVCA All-America Honorable Mention

Gorana Maricic - AVCA All-America Second Team

Sue Harbour - All-America First Team CVCA
Sue Harbour - All-America First Team ASICS Tiger

Sue Harbour - All-America Honorable Mention

Name, School, Position, Year, Height, Hometown
Alaina Bergsma#, Oregon, OH, SR, 6'3, Chandler, AZ
Lauren, Cook, Nebraska, S, SR, 5'8, Lincoln, NE
Haley Eckerman^, Texas, OH, SO, 6'3, Waterloo, IA
Natalie Hagglund*, Southern California, L/DS, JR, 5'9, Encinitas, CA
Jennifer Hamson, Brigham Young, RS/Opp., JR, 6'7, Lindon, UT
Micha Hancock, Penn State, S, SO, 5'11, Edmond, OK
Katherine Harms, Minnesota, RS/Opp., SR, 6'2, Albertville, MN
Emily Hartong^, Hawaii, OH, JR, 6'2, Los Alamitos, CA
Tabi Love, UCLA, OH, SR, 6'5, Dauphin, MN
Chloe Mann, Florida, MB, JR, 6'2, Gainesville, FL
Lauren Plum, Oregon, S, JR, 5'9, Poway, CA
Ariel Scott#, Penn State, RS/Opp., JR, 6'4, Ridgewood, NJ
Bailey Webster*, Texas, OH, JR, 6'3, Baltimore, MD
Carly Wopat, Stanford, MB, JR, 6'2, Santa Barbara, CA

Name, School, Position, Year, Height, Hometown
Lola Arslanbekova#, Louisville, OH, SR, 5'11, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Whitney Billings, Kentucky, RS/Opp., JR, 6'2, Helena, AL
Liz Brenner, Oregon, OH, SO, 6'1, Portland, OR
Tori Dixon, Minnesota, MB, JR, 6'3, Burnsville, MN
Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, L/DS, JR, 5'6, Cedar Rapids, IA
Tyler Henderson^@, Tulsa, OH, SR, 5'11, Oklahoma City, OK
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas, MB, JR, 6'2, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Gina Mancuso*, Nebraska, OH, SR, 6'1, Omaha, NE
Samantha Selsky Dayton, S, SR, 5'10, Manhattan Beach, CA
Katie Slay@, Penn State, MB, JR, 6'6, Raleigh, NC
Ariel Turner*, Purdue, OH, SR, 6'1, Highlands Ranch, CO
Krista Vansant, Washington, OH, SO, 6'2, Redlands, CA
Hannah Werth@, Nebraska, OH, SR, 6'1, Springfield, IL
Lauren Wicinski#, Michigan State, OH, JR, 6'1, Geneva, IL

Name, School, Position, Year, Height, Hometown
Dana Cranston, Colorado State, OH, SR, 6'3, Fort St. John, BC
Jennifer Cross, Michigan, MB, JR, 6'4, Scarborough, Ontario
Katie Fuller, Southern California, RS/Opp., SR, 6'2, Olivehain, CA
Lisa Henning#, Missouri, RS/Opp., JR, 6'1, Blue Springs, MO
Mari Hole, The Ohio State, OH, SR, 6'0, Oslo, Norway
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern, OH, JR, 5'11, Burlington, IL
Alison Landwehr*, Iowa State, S, SR, 6'0, St. Louis, MO
Deja McClendon^@, Penn State, OH, JR, 6'1, Louisville, KY
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, MB, JR, 6'2, Midwest City, OK
Monique Mead, Georgia Tech, RS/Opp., SR, 5'10, Newnan, GA
Ashley Neff, Florida State, MB, JR, 6'3, Kennesaw, GA
Gwen Rucker, Louisville, MB, SR, 6'2, Lexington, KY
Emani Sims, Miami, MB, SO, 5'11, Glenview, IL
Kellie Woolever, Pepperdine, S, JR, 6'0, Long Beach, CA

* indicates 2011 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 2011 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2011 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2010 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2010 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
! indicates 2009 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
+ indicates 2009 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

2012 Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year: Ziva Recek, Florida, OH
2012 Division I AVCA Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 14, 2012.

2012 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America
Name, School, Position, Year
Roslandy Acosta, Arkansas, OH, SR
Jessica Adams, Tulsa, L/DS, SR
McKenzie Adams, Texas-San Antonio, OH, JR
Sandra Adeleye, Clemson, MB, SR
Emily Adney, Wichita State, OH, SR
Inky Ajanaku, Stanford, MB, FR
Toni Alugbue, Notre Dame, OH, SO
Kelly Bacon, Northeastern, OH, JR
Khat Bell, Texas, MB, SO
Megan Bober, Creighton, S, SR
Taylor Brauneis, Florida, S, JR
Samantha Bricio, Southern California, OH, FR
Kelli Browning, Creighton, MB, SO
Megan Campbell, Dayton, MB, JR
Danielle Carlson, Marquette, MB, SR
Nancy Cole, Rice, MB, SR
Ashleigh Crutcher, Maryland, OH, SO
Megan Cyr, North Carolina State, S, SR
Darcy Dorton, College of Charleston, OH, JR
Lexi Eriwin, Michigan, OH, JR
Chelsey Feekin, Wichita State, S, JR
Taylor Formico, UC Santa Barbara, L/DS, FR
Johnna Fouch, San Diego State, S, JR
Marie Frease, Cleveland State, MB, SR
Sareea Freeman, Florida State, MB, SR
Alexa Gray, Brigham Young, OH, FR
Brittany Groth, Wisconsin-Green Bay, L/DS, SR
Meghan Haggerty, Nebraska, MB, FR
Andrea Hannasch, San Diego State, MB, SR
Heather Hanneman, Brigham Young, S, SR
Liz Harden, Boise State, RS/Opp., SR
Christine Hartmann, Kentucky, S, SR
Xitlali Herrera, Texas-El Paso, MB, JR
Casey Hinger, CSU-Northridge, MB, SO
Jeane Horton, Texas-El Paso, OH, JR
Jeni Houser, Notre Dame, RS/Opp., SO
Victoria Hurtt, Iowa State, OH, SO
Alex Johnson, Miami, RS/Opp., JR
Brynn Joki, North Dakota State, OH, SR
Alisia Kastmo, Texas A&M, RS/Opp., SR
Rachael Kidder, UCLA, OH, SR
Stephanie Klefot, Kentucky, L/DS, SR
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette, S, JR
Kara Koch, Cleveland State, OH, SR
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton, OH, SR
Ali McCurdy, Duke, L/DS, JR
Emily McGee, North Carolina , OH, SR
Sha'Dare McNeal, Texas, RS/Opp., SR
Holly Mertens, Marquette, RS/Opp., SR
Lindsey Miller, Texas A&M, MB, SR
Kori Moster, Michigan State, L/DS, SO
Alexis Mourning, Miami, MB, SO
Ellen Mullins, Tennessee, L/DS, JR
Megan Murphy, Rice, S, JR
Kayla Neto, CSU-Fullerton, OH, SR
Paige Neuenfeldt, North Carolina , MB, FR
Jasmine Norton, Arkansas, OH, SR
Chisom Okpala, Long Beach State, MB, SO
Jazmine Orozco, Pepperdine, OH, JR
Brieon Paige, Colorado State, MB, SR
Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State, MB, JR
Megan Plourde, Colorado State, MB, SR
Kendall Polan, Yale, S/H, JR
Jodi Purdy, Wyoming, OH, SR
Ziva Recek, Florida, OH, FR
Chantale Riddle, New Mexico, RS/Opp., SO
Ellie Roberson, Morehead State, RS/Opp., SR
Kelsey Robinson, Tennessee, OH, JR
Taylor Root, Valparaiso, L/DS, SR
Martina Samadan, Virginia Commonwealth, MB, FR
DeLaina Sarden, Central Florida, MB, SO
Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M, S, JR
Jordanne Scott, Cincinnati, OH, SR
Sam Serley, Alabama at Birmingham, MB, SR
Dani Shepherd, Pennsylvania, L/DS, JR
Jordyn Skinner, Western Kentucky, OH, SR
Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky, S, JR
Nrithya Sundarararman, Miami, S, SR
Mita Uiato, Hawaii, S, JR
Stephanie Vorherr, Xavier, L/DS, SR
Nicole Warner, Brigham Young, MB, SR
Caitlin Welch, Louisville, L/DS, JR
Tangerine Wiggs, Florida, RS/Opp., SR
Kristin Winkler, UC Irvine, L/DS, SR
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota, OH, JR
Fatma Yildirim, Florida State, OH, SR
Caroline Young, Southern Methodist, RS/Opp., SO