Oregon netter chosen national player of week

EUGENE — The honors continued to pile up for University of Oregon redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alaina Bergsma Tuesday as she received the American Volleyball Coaches Association national player-of-the-week award.

Bergsma, from Chandler, Ariz., helped 11th-ranked Oregon (14-0, 2-0 Pac-10) move atop the conference standings with a sweep of Washington State (6-6, 0-2) — which made the national tournament last year — and a 3-1 victory over 10th-ranked Washington (12-1, 1-1).

It was the Ducks' first home win over Washington in 10 years and ended the previously unbeaten Huskies' 36-set season win streak.

Bergsma connected on season highs in kills (21), points (23) and hitting (.559); her kill tally was a team season high; and her hitting mark (.559) was third-best for UO in '10 and tops among efforts of 15 kills or more.

Entering Saturday's match, only one opposing hitter had more than 10 kills against UW.

Bergsma also led UO in blocks (four) and points (23) for the first time this season, the latter a team best in a non-five-set contest.

Against Washington State, Bergsma led the team in kills (12) and hit .417.

Bergsma became the third Duck outside hitter to claim the national player honor in four seasons. The others were All-Americans Sonja Newcombe last year and Gorana Maricic in 2007.

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