Former Pitman High volleyball standout Lindsey Vander Weide made her mark at the University of Oregon this past fall after finishing her freshman year with conference honors.
Vander Weide's performance was so outstanding, she was rewarded with a spot in the All-Pac-12 Team as a true freshman, a very rare honor and was also a member of Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
“Coming in and starting as a freshman was definitely one of my goals and I am happy to say that I achieved that,” said Vander Weide. “I did not really expect to get all conference but I was definitely honored to be in a category with such great players.”
Vander Weide joined former Duck Michele Krebsbach (1986) as the only two freshmen in school history to make the all-conference team.
Standing at 6-foot-3, the outside hitter, who played at Pitman High from 2010-2014, led the Oregon Ducks to a 16-14 overall record but struggled in a very tight and ultra competitive Pac-12 with a conference record of 10-10, which placed them in sixth.
“We definitely didn't have the ending outcome of our season that we wanted,” said Vander Weide. “But it only made us want it even more for the next season. The next class coming in is definitely going to be a great help for achieving what we want to do.”
Vander Weide led the Ducks in kills per set during conference play, averaging 3.40 kills/set which ranked 10th in the Pac-12. She also placed sixth in service aces per set (0.27).
As a freshman, she was second on the team to senior Martenne Bettendorf in points per set (3.69), kills (356) and kills per set (3.21). But Vander Weide topped Bettendorf (407) in points with 410.
Vander Weide was also one of four players to play 111 sets or more during the year.
“Overall, I think I had a solid freshman year and I can't wait to get back on the court to make my sophomore year even better,” said Vander Weide, who also had 253 digs, which was second on the team and tallied 59 blocks.
Oregon was first in the Pac-12 as a team with 13.84 average assists per set and also placed first in kills per set at 14.60.
To add to the all-conference honors, Vander Weide also became the 14th Oregon player to be named to the all-freshman team and marked the third-straight year the Ducks have represented.
“I definitely think that my freshman class was a great addition to the Oregon volleyball team,” said Vander Weide. “My fellow class members and I all came in hungry to play, which is something that our coaches wanted.”
She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice and appeared in all 30 matches, starting in 29 matches but feels that she has more to develop and the team has more to contribute in the upcoming year.
“My main objective going into this year is to win a national championship,” said Vander Weide. “This is not only my goal, but my team's goal as well.”
Coming into the 2016 season, the Oregon Ducks welcome a four-player class that was ranked No. 2 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com
“With the freshman class coming in ranked so high I definitely think we have a good chance at achieving this goal,” Vander Weide said. “We are going to have to work extremely hard if we want to do it, but it is something that we all want more than anything as the outcome of our season.
“Many aspects of my game as well as my team's game definitely improved in the spring and we can't wait to carry that into our game,” she added. “The other teams are not going to make it easy for us and I can't wait until season starts to show people how much work my team has put in to accomplish the things we want to do.”
The 2016 Ducks will make their Matthew Knight Arena debut in the Green/Yellow Scrimmage on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. The regular-season opener is Aug. 26 at home against Texas.