Bergsma Named WCC Freshman of the Year
Alaina Bergsma becomes the fourth Lion in program history to be named WCC Freshman of the Year.
Nov. 24, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Freshman Alaina Bergsma was named the 2009 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Bergsma, a native of Chandler, Ariz., becomes just the fourth Lion in LMU history, and first since 1994, to be named WCC Freshman of the Year, joining Amy Moeller (1992), Suzanne Radcliffe (1993) and Tracy Holman (1994) on the list. For her efforts, Bergsma also earned a spot on the All-Conference first team and the All-Freshman squads.
To this point in the season, Bergsma is the LMU team-leader in attacks (1,092), kills (416), service aces (37), block solos (17), and points (487). Proving her worth in the WCC, she currently ranks second overall, and first in terms of freshmen, in the conference in kills, service aces and points. Bergsma, who has managed a WCC-best 11 double-doubles this year, posted the third-best kill total in a single match so far in the conference this season, notching 32 against Gonzaga on November 5. In addition, her 28 in just three sets against Portland on November 7 have proved to be the most in the WCC for a three-set match. Bergsma and fellow freshman teammate, Kenna Crouse, share the best mark in the WCC for aces in a single match, as Bergsma collected six against Cal State Northridge on September 15. In conference matches alone this season, Bergsma is first in kills per set with 223 kills at a rate of 4.96 per set. San Francisco's Sarah Mandala is the closest competition at 4.75 kills per set. In those same matches, Bergsma ranks first in points (254 total/5.64 per set) and second in aces (16 total/.36 per set).
The 6'3" outside hitter has not only made a name for herself in the competitive and extremely talented West Coast Conference, she is also making a name for herself on the national level. Bergsma enters the week ranked 15th in the nation, and second amongst her freshmen counterparts, in kills per set at 4.47. The only freshman player with a better mark is Tulsa's Tyler Henderson at 4.62. The national leader is Temple senior Yun Yi Zhang at 5.55 kills per set. Bergsma is also tied for sixth in the nation amongst freshmen players in aces per set with 37 aces at a rate of .40 per set.
Bergsma is currently the LMU team-leader in attacks (1,092), kills (416), service aces (37), block solos (17), and points (487). In addition to her All-Conference recognition, she has been named a CVU.com National Top Performer twice, a WCC Co-Player of the Week on November 9, the 2009 TCU Nike/Molten Invitational Tournament MVP, and an All-Tournament selection four times.
Bergsma and the Lions will finish the 2009 season on Saturday when they travel to Long Beach, Calif. to battle Long Beach State at 12 p.m.
The following is the complete list of the 2009 All-Conference selections:
All-WCC First Team