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Mar 07 Berg Selected USAV Indoor Female Athlete of the Year

Dec. 13, 2011, 8:55 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

2011 U.S. Women's National Team Yearbook

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 13, 2011) – Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for 2011.

Berg played in 90 sets during the 2011 season with 27 match starts in three tournaments played. She averaged 8.48 assists per set while the U.S. converted 45.4 percent of its attack in her three tournaments with a .342 hitting efficiency. Further, Berg averaged 1.38 digs, 0.13 blocks and 0.12 aces per set while scoring 35 points.

“I am honored to once again receive the USA Volleyball Female Athlete of the Year,” Berg said. “To be selected out of not only the whole World Cup team, but also among all of the athletes that have been in and out of the gym this summer is a huge honor. Day in and day out we dedicate ourselves to being better volleyball players and teammates. This summer I dedicated it to being the best I could and bringing out the best in others. I hope I accomplished that and can continue it going into the London 2012 Olympics.”

Berg also moved into the captain’s role by the end of the year. Over the course of her three tournaments, the U.S. Women’s National Team won the gold medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix and the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, followed by the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Cup to secure a spot into the 2012 Olympic Games.

“Lindsey had a great 2011 season – both on and off the court,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Her commitment to the Team and her skill, competitive drive, and leadership were huge for us.”

Berg started 12 of 14 matches during the FIVB World Grand Prix leading to a second consecutive gold medal in the tournament. She aided the team to a .293 team hitting efficiency with 7.57 assists per set average during the World Grand Prix. Berg added 78 digs (1.86 per set), eight blocks (0.19 per set) and seven aces (0.17 per set) during the World Grand Prix. During the gold-medal match of the World Grand Prix, Berg set the U.S. to a .302 hitting efficiency versus then-No. 1 Brazil.

Berg was selected as the Best Setter during the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship held Sept. 11-17 in Puerto Rico. She provided 7.07 assists per set leading to a .364 team hitting efficiency and gold-medal finish to qualify Team USA into the 2011 FIVB World Cup. In the NORCECA gold-medal match, Berg charted 29 assists as the U.S. tallied a .342 hitting efficiency in a three-set win over Dominican Republic. Team USA did not lose a single set during the NORCECA championship with Berg starting all five matches.

Berg ranked third in Best Setter at the FIVB World Cup as she averaged 10.27 assists per set, helping her squad to the silver medal with a .368 team hitting efficiency and 46.5 kill percent. She started 10 of 11 matches during the World Cup, playing 33 of a possible 37 sets. During the World Cup opening four-set win over Brazil, Berg totaled 53 assists, two kills and an ace as the U.S. charted a .294 hitting efficiency. She followed with a 39-assist performance in a three-set win over World Grand Prix bronze medalist Serbia. Berg contributed 51 assists in a four-set win over Italy that solidified Team USA’s spot into the 2012 Olympic Games.

The U.S. Women’s National Team finished 2011 with a 39-10 record. At season’s end, Team USA replaced Brazil as the top-ranked team in the FIVB world ranking.

Berg also earned the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year in 2008, which culminated with the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.

In the coming days, USA Volleyball will announce Athlete and Team of the Year selections for volleyball, beach volleyball and Sitting Teams.

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