Hagglund, Barkley and Dennerley Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 19, 2011
Natalie Hagglund of the women's volleyball team, Matt Barkley of the football team and Joel Dennerley of the men's water polo team were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week today (Sept. 19) for the week of September 12-18.
Natalie Hagglund: Women's Volleyball: Hagglund had 30 digs in a sweep over No. 4 Washington to tie a school record for most digs in a 3-set match. She had a career high six asssits with 11 digs the next night at Washington State. Hagglund now leads the Pac-12 in digs with 5.09 digs per set.
Matt Barkley: Football: Barkley passed for 324 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns to five different receivers, and Southern California's offense thrived in the Trojans' 38-17 victory over previously unbeaten Syracuse Saturday night. Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes without being intercepted. The junior threw for five touchdowns twice last season and is one of five players to accomplish the feat at USC. He has thrown nine TD passes while being picked off just once this year. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Joel Dennerley: Men's Water Polo: Senior Joel Dennerley became USC's all-time career saves leader while also helping the Trojans claim their second straight NorCal Tournament championship over the weekend. For his historic and impressive saves tally in the winning run, Dennerley collects his seventh career selection as the MPSF Player of the Week. After 12 saves in a dominating 12-5 semifinal win over Stanford, Dennerley needed just three saves in the title match against UCLA in order to take over as USC's all-time career saves leader. The senior went well over that mark in collecting a career-high 19 saves for the Trojans' defensive stand against the rival Bruins, anchoring a 10-8 win to net the tournament title for USC while chiseling himself in Trojan history by eclipsing a 24-year stand by Kevin Stringer as the USC saves leader. Dennerley now holds 692 career saves. He's averaging 10.2 saves per game now, with 4.8 goals against. The No. 1 ranked Trojans are 5-0 on the season.