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Alaina Bergsma

School

Oregon

Position
Outside Hitter
Major
Sports Business
K
572
Pct
.325
SA
25
BS
5
BA
59
D
252

Classroom

Bergsma, a Business Administration major with a focus in Sports Business and minor in economics, carries a 3.6 cumulative GPA in business administration. She earned Pac-12 All-Academic Second-Team honors in 2011 - her first year of eligibility for the honor.

Character

Thanks to her hard work and team-first attitude, Bergsma has blossomed quickly and dramatically in her two years as a Duck. She transferred to the program in the winter of 2010 with a hip injury that needed surgery and threatened her career. Afterwards, she quickly dedicated herself to rehabilitation in the spring and summer of 2010 to become a starter that fall on one of the nation’s highest-ranked teams. She raised her play again as a junior in 2011, not only statistically as an All-American, but also as a team leader (and the offense’s only returning upperclassmen starter). Oregon advanced to the NCAA Tournament after its first pair of upsets of top-ranked teams in school history during the regular season - both thanks to her inspired play and direction on the court. She is one of the team’s most vocal and supportive leaders, and uses an individualized style to make underclassmen feel integral. Her winning attitude and charismatic style also helped her win Miss Oregon honors last fall, even during one of the busiest times of the year when the team advanced to the postseason, and final exams approached. She has been a favorite of fans of all ages, and an ambassador for the team and athletic department. To prepare herself for a professional career, she has embraced new cultures by playing overseas in Asia the past two summers, and is excited to help spread the sport’s popularity around the world.

Community

Bergsma has combined to served more than 100 community hours over the past 12 months. For the Children’s Miracle Network in Oregon, she helped judge fundraiser pageants and raised over $45,000 combined with the four schools she assisted. The money goes to the prenatal care unit for the area. She completed volunteer speaking engagements in the last year on a range of topics, including goal building, how to accomplish your dreams and about being a Division I athlete. She has appeared at both her high school and junior high in her hometown, as well as three middle schools in the Eugene-Springfield area. Also has given speeches at county fairs in Oregon. She coached open gym volleyball South Eugene High School during the spring of 2012. In addition, she was a participant in KIDSPORTS’ Mother/Daughter Mother’s day fun run fundraiser, speaking to all the participants as well as helping with the race course. She worked at a fundraiser for Oregon Medical Group. The group has local clinics that provide care for low-income people and families without insurance. And she served at Homeless Connect, an event for homeless people to attend get necessities, find ways to get jobs and to feel supported by the community.

Competition

In 2011, Bergsma was named an AVCA Third-Team All-American, and an All-Pac-12 and All-Region First Team honoree. She ranked top 14 nationally in kills (12th, 4.51 per set) and points (14th, 5.12 p/s), and stood third in the Pac-12 in kills and fourth in points and aces (0.26 p/s). Last season she posted eight double-doubles, and had eight +20-kill matches (including highs of 30, 27, 26 and 25). As a sophomore for UO in 2010, was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, A2 National Team member, and an AVCA National Player of the Week. As a freshman in 2009 for Loyola Marymount, was an All-West Coast Conference honoree and WCC Freshman of the Year. That season she ranked top 15 nationally in points (ninth, 5.24 p/s) and kills (14th, 4.47 p/s) and 45th in service aces (0.40 p/s).