Hagglund and Rosenthal Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week|
Nov. 19, 2012
Natalie Hagglund of the women's volleyball team and Michael Rosenthal of the men's water polo team were named USC Student-Athletes of the Week today (Nov. 19) for the week of Nov. 12-19.
Women's Volleyball: USC junior libero Natalie Hagglund was unconscionable in the Trojans' four-set win over top-ranked Stanford as she posted a career-high 44 digs. Her total was the most-ever by a Trojan in a four-set match and was one dig shy of matching a nearly decade-old USC record of 45 digs set by Debora Seilhamer in a five-set match. Hagglund was more impressive than her predecessor though as she averaged 11 digs per set against the Cardinal. She had 15 digs in the first set of action, alone. In fact, on one particularly pivotal rally, she collected five digs to give the Trojans a 10-6 lead in the first set. One night later, against California, Hagglund managed to dig up 19 balls to average 7.00 dps on the weekend. She pushed her total career digs to 1609 and now ranks third all-time at USC. To date, her 516 season digs ranks fifth among USC's single-season records behind three performances by Seilhamer and one of her own (596, last season).
Men's Water Polo: Redshirt senior driver Michael Rosenthal matched his season high of three goals with his second straight hat trick for the Trojans coming in a crucial 10-9 win by USC over No. 2 UCLA. Rosenthal struck first to pull USC even early and then again in the first period with a go-ahead goal for a 3-2 lead. His third goal was even more clutch, giving the Trojans a late 9-8 lead for a boost to a big victory for USC. Rosenthal's game-high three goals helped USC finish off an undefeated regular season for just the third time in program history and gave the Trojans a perfect 8-0 MPSF finish to secure the top seed over No. 2 UCLA for the coming MPSF Tournament. Rosenthal is now third on the team in scoring with 24 goals. USC is now 24-0 overall.