Natalie Hagglund Named Candidate for 2013 Senior CLASS Award
Aug 28, 2013
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - USC senior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund was selected as one of 30 NCAA women's volleyball student-athletes in contention for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday (Aug. 28). This award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the court. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four specific areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.
A communications major at USC's famed Annenberg School, Hagglund has earned numerous academic honors including being named to the 2012 CapitalOne CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, and the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team. She has also twice received Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and currently holds one of the team's top grade-point averages.
Hagglund was actively involved in raising money for Movemeber, a nationwide campaign to promote men's health and has also volunteered at the County-USC Children's Hospital where she has spent time with the children in intensive care units. In the summer of 2013, she served as an intern with Fox Sports where she assisted producers with story development, conducted interviews, and sat in on live broadcasts.
On the court, Hagglund serves as captain of the Women of Troy and has helped lead her team to two NCAA semifinal appearances (2010 and 2011), and the regional final in 2012. She is a two-time AVCA first-team All-American and has twice been named the Pac-12 Libero of the Year (2011-12). Hagglund is, in fact, the first-ever USC libero to earn All-America honors. Her 5.02 digs per set in 2012 is the fifth highest in school history for a single season, and she is second all-time at USC in career digs (1,706) and digs per set (4.70 dps). Over the summer, she was chosen to represent USC as the libero on the first-ever Pac-12 All-Star Team that went to China for six matches against Chinese clubs.
Hagglund is joined by five other candidates whom the Women of Troy will face, this season, including Marquette setter Elizabeth Koberstein, Western Kentucky defensive specialist Ashley Potts, UCLA outside hitter Kelly Reeves, Oregon setter Lauren Plum, and Stanford middle blocker Carly Wopat.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Of the 30 candidates for this year's award, 10 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and 19 are AVCA All-Americans. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches, and fans who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's.
The Trojans open their season on the road in the first of three pre-conference tournaments, this Friday (Aug. 30), at the Mortar Board Premier hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Fourth-ranked USC will face the 16th-ranked Boilermakers in the tourney's first match at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) at Holloway Gymnasium. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.