No. 13 USC Back On The Road In Pac-12 Conference Play
Women of Troy travel to No. 4 Washington, Washington State this weekend.
Sept. 13, 2011
Weekly Release - September 13
Friday, September 16 - Seattle, Wash.
No. 13 USC (5-3, 0-1) at No. 4 Washington (8-0, 0-0) - 7 p.m.
USC leads all-time series, 35-18
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Saturday, September 17 - Pullman, Wash.
No. 13 USC (5-3, 0-1) at Washington State (8-2, 0-0) - 7 p.m.
USC leads all-time series, 39-12
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No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. kps pct. dps bps pps
3 Natalie Hagglund So. L 5-9 --- --- 4.71 --- ---
5 Kirby Burnham So. OH 6-2 1.92 .225 1.84 0.24 2.16
7 Alex Jupiter Sr. OH 6-3 4.48 .233 2.30 0.41 5.19
8 Lauren Williams Sr. MB 6-4 2.75 .450 0.11 0.68 3.12
12 Kendall Bateman Sr. S 5-11 0.25 .235 10.79 aps
14 Hannah Schraer Fr. MB 6-3 1.56 .410 0.19 0.67 1.98
22 Katie Fuller Jr. OH 6-2 2.25 .230 1.68 0.46 2.77
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 13 USC women's volleyball team (5-3, 0-1) continues Pac-12 Conference play this weekend at No. 4 Washington (8-0, 0-0) on Friday (Sept. 16) and Washington State (8-2, 0-0) on Saturday (Sept. 17) with both matches starting at 7 p.m.
No. 4 Washington Notes
Washington is 8-0 on the season with Friday's match against USC being its Pac-12 Conference opener. Head coach Jim McLaughlin is 335-112 in his 11th season at Washington. Freshman outside hitter Krista Vansant leads the Huskies with 91 kills (3.64 kps), a .377 hitting percentage and 105.5 points (4.22 pps). USC leads the all-time series with Washington by a 35-18 margin, but the Women of Troy have not won in Seattle since 2004.
Washington State Notes
Washington State is 8-2 on the season after winning defeating Manhattan, San Francisco and Sam Houston State at home in the Nike Cougar Classic last weekend. Head coach Jen Greeny is in her first season at Washington State. Senior outside hitter Meagan Ganzer leads the Cougars with 208 kills (5.07 kps), .307 hitting percentage, 71 digs (1.73 dps) and 232.5 points (5.67 pps). USC leads the all-time series against Washington State by a 39-12 margin with USC winning 11 of the last 12 meetings.
The Power of the Pac-12
Six Pac-12 Conference teams are ranked in the preseason AVCA poll, including No. 1 California, No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 13 USC and No. 16 Oregon. This is the first season for the Pac-12 Conference with the addition of Colorado and Utah. For women's volleyball this season, all 12 teams will play a double round-robin schedule (home and away) for a total of 22 conference matches.
On Sept. 9 against UCLA, USC set a new Galen Center record for women's volleyball with a crowd of 5,385 fans, the most since the arena's opening in 2006 when 5,000 fans saw USC play Stanford.
This is the first time since the 2002 national championship season that USC will not play a single home match during the non-conference schedule. USC will play four of the first five weeks of its schedule on the road.
Friends Of Jaclyn
The USC women's volleyball program has been involved with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families formed in 2005. FOJ has completed over 230 adoptions in over 20 different sports. There are currently over 1,000 schools on a waiting list for FOJ adoptions. This season, the Women of Troy adopted Shelby Taylor, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004. Once the tumor was removed, she lost the ability to move or speak within two days, but steadily improved. She has been cancer-free since then and will be a welcome addition to the team this season. For more information on the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, go online at friendsofjaclyn.org.
Celebrating USC's Olympic Heritage
The USC athletic department, which has produced more Olympians, gold medalists and overall medalists than any other U.S. university, will conduct a year-long celebration of its tradition of nurturing successful Olympic athletes. The salute, themed "Cardinal and Gold Medal Heritage," will lead up to the 2012 London Games. The celebration is part of the Pac-12 Conference's "Follow The Pac-12 To London" initiative to recognize the league's Olympic tradition prior to the 2012 Games.
Since 1904, 393 Trojan athletes have competed in the Olympic Games (they have won 583 places on Olympic teams), taking home 122 gold medals (with at least 1 gold in every summer Olympics from 1912), 76 silver and 60 bronze. The USC women's volleyball program has produced 22 Olympians, beginning in 1964 with Patti Lucas-Bright (USC's first season as a recognized collegiate program was 1976 at the AIAW level, but the Women of Troy still competed in women's volleyball). If USC competed as a country, its 258 total medals would be tied for 18th among all countries (while its 122 gold medals would be tied for 12th). In six different Olympics, USC's medal count would have placed it among the Top 10 nations. USC Olympians have represented 57 different countries and have participated in 28 different sports.
Come On Irene
The USC team was affected by Hurricane Irene during their road matches on August 26-27. After playing a five-set thriller at No. 1 Penn State during the Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase in University Park, Pennsylvania, the team took a bus to Akron, Ohio, where they caught a flight to Atlanta as a connector to a flight home to Los Angeles. The team arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. for a total of 14 hours of travel time immediately following the Penn State match. Fans can go online to help victims of the hurricane that affected the East Coast by going online to the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.
Court of Dreams
The dream finally became reality on Oct. 12, 2006 as the brand-new Galen Center made its debut. The 10,258-seat arena is located on the corner of Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd., adjacent to the USC campus. The arena is named after Lou and Helene Galen, who generously donated $50 million towards the project. USC mourned the loss of Lou Galen, who passed away on Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 82.
-- This is the first time since 2004 that USC has returned three All-Americans on its roster: Alex Jupiter, Kendall Bateman and Lauren Williams.
-- Among Pac-12 Conference teams, USC is fourth for hitting percentage (.273) and third for kills (13.75 aps).
-- Among Pac-12 Conference players, Alex Jupiter is third for points (5.19 pps) and fourth for kills (4.48 kps).
-- Kendall Bateman is fourth among Pac-12 Conference players in assists (10.79 aps).
-- Lauren Williams is second among Pac-12 Conference players with a .450 hitting percentage.
-- Natalie Hagglund is second among Pac-12 Conference players in digs (4.71 dps).
-- Alex Jupiter has 1,525 career kills and is currently eighth on USC's all-time list. She needs six kills to tie Katie Haller (1990-93) for seventh place and 11 kills to tie Nancy Hillman (1985-88) for sixth place. She will have a chance to break the record of 1,799, held by Jennifer Kessy (1995-98).
-- Jupiter set a new USC career record for points, breaking the old mark of 1,689.5 points (Keao Burdine, 2001-04). She set the mark on Sept. 3 against UCF and now has 1,776.0 career points.
-- Jupiter is currently seventh place on USC's career list for solo blocks with 98. She needs seven solo blocks to tie Janice Johnson (1982-85) for sixth place.
-- Kendall Bateman is fifth on USC's career list with 3,417 assists. She needs 274 assists to tie Christine Brigman (1987-89) for fourth place. Bateman is within striking distance for the school record of 4,258, held by Janice Mounts (1995-98).
-- Lauren Williams is currently second on USC's career list with a .380 hitting percentage. The school record is .414, held by Emily Adams (2001-04).
-- USC has made 20 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. -- The Women of Troy has made six NCAA Final Four appearances in an 11-year span (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010).
-- USC became the 22nd program in the nation to record 800 wins. The Women of Troy recorded its 800th win on Nov. 15, 2008, against Arizona State.
-- USC is 66-9 all-time at the Galen Center.
-- USC has 10 players on its roster this season who are 6-2 or taller.
Out Of This World
Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) will have a chance to be USC's first three-time All-American since Bibiana Candelas in 2005. She earned AVCA All-America first team honors last year as a junior after recording 532 kills (4.40 kps) for a .299 hitting percentage with 38 aces (0.31 saps), 304 digs (2.51 dps), 77 blocks (0.64 bps) and 625.0 points (5.17 pps).
This season, she has 121 kills (4.48 kps) while hitting .233 with nine service aces (0.33 saps), 62 digs (2.30 dps), 11 blocks (0.41 bps) and 140.0 points (5.19 pps). She earned 2011 FGCU Homewood Suites Invitational all-tournament team honors after recording 37 kills in three matches, including a 19-kill effort in a 3-0 sweep of Furman while hitting .410 (19-3-39) with seven digs. The following day in Orlando against Clemson, she had 18 kills while hitting .325 (18-5-40) with seven digs and a solo block.
She was named to the 2011 Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase all-tournament team after recording 44 kills and 22 digs in two matches against No. 12 Minnesota and No. 1 Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania. She had 22 kills and nine digs in the five-set win against Minnesota while hitting .327 and adding three solo blocks, following up in a five-set loss to Penn State with 22 kills, 13 digs and two service aces. Jupiter posted 16 double-doubles in 2010 and 12 in 18 Pac-10 Conference matches.
She was named to the 2010 All-Pac-10 Conference Team, the second straight year she received the honor. She registered a double-double against No. 3 seed Stanford in the 2010 Dayton Regional final with 23 kills and 15 digs while hitting .290 against the Cardinal and earned NCAA Dayton Regional all-tournament team honors. She had 16 kills and hit .464 with four blocks in the first round match against New Mexico and then led with a match-high 23 kills with six digs and a .362 hitting clip in the four-set win in the second round against No. 18 San Diego. She was named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week twice in 2010, becoming the first USC women's volleyball program to earn national player of the week honors twice in a season. On Nov. 1 after she recorded 42 kills in wins at home against Washington State and then-No. 7 Washington. She had 12 kills and seven digs while hitting .318 in the 3-0 sweep of Washington State on Oct. 29 and followed with a spectacular match on the FOX Sports Net Game of the Week against Washington. She had 30 kills (one away from her personal best) in the five-set win over the Huskies with 14 digs and a .414 hitting percentage (30-6-58). After getting only three kills in the first set, she came back with eight kills in the second set and nine kills in the third with no errors for a .607 hitting clip in those two sets. Her effort against Washington moved her into fifth place on USC's all-time list for career points. On Sept. 24, 2010, against No. 11 UCLA, she registered her 1,000th career kill and became just the 17th player in USC history to accomplish the feat. She posted a team-high 21 kills to go with 12 digs in the four-set win against the Bruins. Her first AVCA National Player of the Week honor came on Sept. 6 after earning most outstanding player honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu (Sept. 3-5). She also was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week, the first time she earned that honor. She posted 49 kills (4.45 kps) in three matches against three teams that were receiving votes in the coaches' poll with four aces, 26 digs (2.36 dps), 10 blocks (0.91 bps) and 61.0 points (5.55 pps). She did not have one reception error in 58 attempts on the weekend. Against New Mexico, she had 10 kills, seven digs and three solo blocks in a 3-0 sweep. In another 3-0 sweep, this time against Michigan State, she had 17 kills and six blocks while hitting .483 (17-3-29). In the tournament finale against No. 4 Hawai'i, she had 22 kills and 16 digs in a five-set win over the Rainbow Wahine. She led the Women of Troy in 2009 with 522 kills (4.54 kps) with 33 aces (0.29 saps), 308 digs (2.68 dps), 73 blocks (0.63 bps) and 608.0 points (5.29 pps). She also earned her first All-Pac-10 Conference honor as well as being named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Her 522 kills were the fourth-most in school history, along with her 5.29 points per set average. She finished seventh in the nation for points per set and 12th for kills per set during her sophomore season and recorded 15 double-doubles. She was third among all Pac-10 Conference players in points and kills and fourth for service aces. She tallied 23 kills in a 3-0 sweep over Oklahoma on Dec. 4, 2009, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She posted 22 kills and a season-high .514 clip (22-3-37) with 10 digs, four blocks and 24.5 points in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 20 at No. 18 Oregon. On Sept. 26 at Arizona State, Jupiter posted career-highs with 31 kills and 20 digs in a four-set win while hitting .433 (31-5-60). She earned Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team honors after recording 41 kills, 21 digs and seven blocks (five solo) in three 3-0 sweeps. During her 2008 freshman season, she registered 350 kills (3.24 kps) with 12 service aces (0.11 saps), 122 digs (1.13 dps), 59 blocks (0.55 bps) and 403.0 points (3.73 pps). She was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. Jupiter recorded double digit kills in 20 matches and became the third freshman at USC since 1981 to lead the team in kills (Tracy Clark in 1982 and April Ross in 2000). She had her coming-out party at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. Jupiter, who was a 2008 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, led the Trojans in kills for both matches with 17 against the Longhorns and 12 against the Huskers. She also had 13 digs and four service aces on the weekend.
Take The Bait
Senior setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) earned 2010 AVCA All-America second team honors after recording 1,567 assists (12.34 aps) with 281 digs (2.21 dps) and 51 blocks (0.40 bps). She also received All-Pac-10 Conference Team honorable mention recognition.
Bateman has 302 assists (10.79 aps) this season with seven kills (0.25 kps), 51 digs (1.82 dps) and nine blocks (0.32 bps). She had 35 assists with a kill and six digs in a win on Sept. 4 against Clemson in Orlando. She posted 45 assists (15.00 aps) in a sweep on Sept. 3 against Furman with a kill, five digs and two block assists. At the 2011 Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase, Bateman had 54 assists and 11 digs against No. 12 Minnesota and 47 assists with 10 digs at No. 1 Penn State.
With Bateman handling the team's offense, USC was eighth in the nation last season for hitting percentage (.290). She sent the Trojans to Kansas City for the 2010 NCAA Final Four with 64 assists and 15 digs in the five-set win against No. 3 seed Stanford on Dec. 11 and had a career-high five kills with 35 assists and 10 digs against Indiana in the regional semifinal. Bateman earned NCAA Dayton Regional all-tournament team honors. In the Trojans' first-round match against New Mexico, she had 42 assists and six digs as USC hit .330, followed by 55 assists in a four-set win against No. 18 San Diego with two kills and five digs as the team hit .338.
She posted 63 assists with seven digs and four blocks on Nov. 26, 2010, in a five-set win at No. 9 UCLA. She had 61 assists with 13 digs and three blocks on Nov. 20 in a five-set win at No. 23 Oregon as the Women of Troy hit .360 as a team. She posted a career-high 5.0 points on Nov. 5 against No. 2 California, tying her career bests with three kills and two service aces. In the four-set win against the Golden Bears, she registered 58 assists and eight digs. She recorded a career-high 71 assists (14.20 aps) in a five-set win on Oct. 22 against No. 16 Oregon and orchestrated an offensive attack that hit .392 against the Ducks. The following night, she had 41 assists in a 3-0 sweep of Oregon State as the Trojans hit .370 for the match.
She was named most outstanding player for the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) after recording 102 assists (11.33 aps) in three 3-0 sweeps against Fresno State, Cal State Bakersfield and Sacramento State. She had 17 digs (1.89 dps) and five blocks (0.56 bps). She earned all-tournament honors at the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu after leading USC to a 3-0 mark with wins over No. 4 Hawai'i, New Mexico and Michigan State. She had 126 assists (11.45 aps), 17 digs (1.55 dps) and 11 blocks (1.00 bps) as she guided the team to a .302 hitting percentage on the weekend. She had a career-high six blocks in the five-set win on Sept. 5 against No. 4 Hawai'i, adding 53 assists and six digs. She posted 41 assists and guided the Women of Troy to a .407 hitting night in a 3-0 sweep of Michigan State. She registered a then-career high 66 assists and career-high 18 digs on Aug. 28 in a four-set win against Cal State Fullerton to earn Luxe City Center Trojan Invitation most valuable player honors after recording 130 assists (13.00 aps) and 33 digs (3.30 dps) as the Women of Troy won the tournament title.
She earned 2009 Pac-10 Conference honorable mention and Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition after leading the nation with a 12.41 assists per set average. She recorded 227 digs (1.97 dps) and 48 blocks (0.42 bps) on the season and handled an offense that hit .248, ranking 35th in the nation. USC also finished second in the nation for assists per set and kills per set. She posted 49 assists and 12 digs against Oklahoma in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament at the Galen Center and finished the regular season by registering career highs with 62 assists (15.5 aps) and 15 digs in a four-set win on Nov. 28 against No. 19 Arizona. She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23 after recording 80 assists and 10 digs in two 3-0 sweeps. She had 57 assists, seven digs and three block assists against No. 4 Washington on Nov. 13 in a five-set win and then posted 60 assists (15.00 aps) with eight digs in a four-set win against No. 25 Washington State. Bateman appeared in 24 matches in her 2008 freshman season and recorded 117 assists on the season (2.72 aps) with two aces (0.05 saps), 32 digs (0.74 dps) and seven blocks (0.16 bps). She had two assists and one dig in her collegiate debut on Aug. 29 against No. 3 Texas at the Runza/AVCA College Showcase in Omaha, Neb. She made her first collegiate start in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5 against No. 15 San Diego, recording season-highs in the four-set victory with 25 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. She got the start the next night in the second round against No. 6 Hawai'i and had 16 assists and three digs. During the summer of 2008, Bateman played for the U.S. Junior National Team, playing at the FIVB World Championship in Mexico. She was a two-time member of the U.S. Girls' National Team, part of the squad that finished 10th at the 2007 FIVB Girls' World Championship in Mexico and a member of the squad that won the 2006 NORCECA championship. She was a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American at Mira Costa High and led the Mustangs to a perfect 37-0 record and the school's fourth straight state championship in her senior season. She was part of the mythical national championship squads in her junior and senior seasons as named by prepvolleyball.com and named CIF most valuable player in her senior season.
Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Senior middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) earned 2010 AVCA All-America third team honors after recording 286 kills (2.40 kps) with a .417 hitting percentage (finishing seventh in the nation) with 115 blocks (0.97 bps) and 358.5 points (3.01 pps). She was named All-Pac-10 Conference for the first time as well. This season, Williams has 77 kills (2.75 kps) while hitting .450 with 19 blocks (0.68 bps) and 87.5 points (3.12 pps). In four matches from Sept. 2-4 in Florida, she had 36 kills and hit .552 as she recorded only one hitting error in every match. Against Furman on Sept. 3, she had 12 kills while hitting .611 (12-1-18). Williams hit .418 at the 2011 Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase in University Park, Pennsylvania, recorded 27 kills (2.70 kps) with seven blocks. She posted 13 kills and five blocks on Dec. 11, 2010, in the five-set win over No. 3 seed Stanford in the Dayton Regional final after 10 kills and four blocks the previous night against Indiana. Against No. 18 San Diego in an NCAA second-round match, she had 10 kills and hit .562 (10-1-16) with five blocks in the four-set victory. She finished the regular season with 12 kills and seven blocks in a five-set win on Nov. 26 at No. 9 UCLA. She recorded 26 kills in two matches (Nov. 19 and 20, 2010) at Oregon State and No. 23 Oregon while hitting .590 for the weekend with nine blocks. In the five-set win at No. 23 Oregon, she tied her career highs with 19 kills and eight blocks while hitting .533 (19-3-30). The previous night, she hit .778 (7-0-9) in the 3-0 sweep against Oregon State. She had nine kills with six blocks while hitting .615 (9-1-13) on Nov. 12 in a 3-0 sweep of No. 20 Arizona. In a four-set win on Nov. 5 at No. 2 California, she had 11 kills with five blocks while hitting .429 (11-2-21). She tied her personal best with eight blocks (the fifth time she did so in her career) on Oct. 30 against Washington. She had one of her best matches of the season on Oct. 22 in a five-set win at home against No. 16 Oregon when she had a season-high 17 kills and hit .640 (17-1-25) against the Ducks. On Oct. 16 at No. 25 Arizona, she had 13 kills and no errors while hitting .565 (13-0-23). Williams registered all-tournament honors at the 2010 Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) after hitting .421 on the weekend with five blocks (1.00 bps). She earned all-tournament honors at the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu after leading USC to a 3-0 mark with wins over No. 4 Hawai'i, New Mexico and Michigan State. She was second on the team with 31 kills (2.82 kps) while hitting .473 with 18 blocks (1.64 bps). She had 12 kills and six blocks while hitting .450 (12-3-20) in a 3-0 sweep of New Mexico and followed that up with 14 kills and six blocks while tying her career high of five assists in the five-set win over No. 4 Hawai'i. She garnered Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament honors after registering 25 kills (3.57 kps) in three matches while hitting .622 (25-2-37). In 2009, she made 30 starts in 31 matches as a sophomore. She finished fourth among Pac-10 Conference players with a .371 hitting percentage and third on the team with 281 kills (2.55 kps). Last season, she recorded 15 assists (0.14 aps), 19 digs (0.17 dps) and 343.5 points (3.12 pps) while leading the team with 105 total blocks (0.95 bps) with 20 solo blocks. She finished the season with double-digit kills in four consecutive matches. She had a team-high 14 kills and hit .407 (14-3-27) with a career-high eight block assists against No. 3 Hawai'i on Dec. 5, 2009, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and recorded 10 kills and no errors for a season-high .714 clip (10-0-14) against Oklahoma on Dec. 4 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 16, 2009, after registering 33 kills while hitting .462 with 11 blocks and 41.0 points in wins over No. 4 Washington and No. 25 Washington State. She had 14 kills and eight blocks (four solo) while hitting .364 against Washington. She followed that with a career-high 19 kills against Washington State without a single error for a .559 night (19-0-34). In her first collegiate season in 2008, Williams earned Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition and was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. She had 209 kills (2.11 kps) with a .323 hitting percentage and a team-leading 103 blocks (1.04 bps) with 15 solo blocks and 88 block assists. She recorded 11 blocks (two solo, nine assisted) in her first two collegiate matches at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. On Oct. 11, 2008, in a five-set loss to No. 10 Washington, Williams recorded a season-high 16 kills with six block assists while hitting .462 (16-4-26). She hit .550 (12-1-20) on Nov. 21 at No. 2 Stanford and followed it with a .455 match (11-1-22) with four blocks at No. 7 Cal. She played on the 2008 U.S. Women's A2 National Team and played on the 2007 Junior National Training Team. Williams is a fifth-year senior after redshirting at USC during the 2007 season.
Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) continues a promising career after being rated the top incoming libero by Prep Volleyball and 27th overall recruit in 2010. Along with her volleyball prowess, Hagglund is an accomplished surfer, winning the 2007 San Diego County High School Girls' Long Board Surfing championship. She has 132 digs (4.71 dps) this season. She recorded 17 digs in a 3-0 loss on Sept. 2 against UCF in Fort Myers, Florida. This summer, Hagglund was the starting libero for the United States Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship Peru 2011. She was named Best Libero for the tournament after posting a 56.99 success percentage on 365 total attempts. She averaged 4.90 digs per set, the second-highest total in the tournament for Team USA, which finished fourth. She finished with 498 (3.98 dps) last season was named to the 2010 Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. During postseason play last season, she registered 13 digs in a three-set win against New Mexico in the first round and 21 digs (5.25 dps) against No. 18 San Diego in the four-set second-round win. She had a team-high 16 digs in the Dayton Regional final win against No. 3 seed Stanford. She recorded 27 digs in a five-set win on Nov. 26 at No. 9 UCLA. On Nov. 20 at No. 23 Oregon, she had 20 digs in the five-set win against the Ducks. She had 16 digs in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 12 against No. 20 Arizona. She posted 23 digs on Oct. 30 against No. 7 Washington and had a season-high 28 digs (7.00 dps) in a four-set loss at Arizona State. She earned 2009-10 Under Armour All-America first team honors and played for the La Costa Canyon High squad that won the San Diego Section Division I championship in four sets. Hagglund played for the 2009 U.S. Under-19 Beach Volleyball squad as part of the No. 2 team and was part of the youngest team ever to qualify for the main draw of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open (2009). In high school, she was a member of the 2008 La Costa Canyon High squad that was named national champions by Prep Volleyball and Max Preps.
The Pattern Is Full
Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller (Olivenhain, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) recorded 220 kills (1.86 kps) last season with a .232 hitting percentage, 21 aces (0.18 saps), 136 digs (1.15 dps), 61 blocks (0.52 bps) and 272.0 points (2.31 pps). This season, she has 63 kills (2.25 kps) with 47 digs (1.68 dps), 13 blocks (0.46 bps) and 77.5 points (2.77 pps). She had eight kills while hitting .412 (8-1-17) on Sept. 4 in a 3-0 win over Clemson in Orlando, Florida. Fuller had five kills and six blocks (one off her personal best) on Dec. 4, 2010, in the NCAA Tournament second-round win against No. 18 San Diego. She had seven kills and a career-high seven blocks on Nov. 26 in a five-set win at No. 9 UCLA. She tied for the team high with nine kills in a 3-0 loss to No. 3 Stanford on Nov. 7 and hit .350 (9-2-20) with eight digs. She hit .368 (8-1-19) against Washington State in a three-set sweep on Oct. 29. She had a team-high 11 kills in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 10 against Virginia, including 10 in the first set alone. She hit .500 on the evening (11-2-18) with an ace and five digs. On Sept. 5 in a five-set win at No. 4 Hawai'i, she posted career highs with 17 kills, six digs, six blocks and 20.5 points while hitting .382. She had eight kills and hit .312 in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 4 against Michigan State. She filled in admirably during the Portland and Fresno State matches (Sept. 18-19) as a freshman in 2009. She led the team with 10 kills against Portland with two digs and one block while hitting .471 (10-2-17) in the 3-0 sweep. The following night against Fresno State, she had five kills with seven digs and two service aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) started in four matches and played in 20 matches as a freshman last season, recording 38 kills (1.03 kps) with 38 digs (1.03 dps) and 42.5 points (1.15 pps). She started as an outside hitter, but switched to a backup setter role behind Kendall Bateman. She has 48 kills (1.92 kps) this season while hitting .225 with 46 digs (1.84 dps) and 54.0 points (2.16 pps). She recorded nine kills, two aces and five digs while hitting .450 (9-0-20) in a three-set sweep on Sept. 3 at Florida Gulf Coast. On August 27 at No. 1 Penn State during the Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase, Burnham registered a career-high 15 kills, 12 digs and 15.0 points in the five-set loss. She was rated as the No. 49 incoming recruit in the nation by Prep Volleyball and was a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, along with earning All-America honors by Prep Volleyball. She was the team captain for the Newport Harbor squad that won the 2009 CIF-SS Division 1-AA championship as Burnham earned 2009 All-CIF Southern Section first team honors. She was named most valuable player in the CIF Division I state championship match after posting 12 kills in the 3-0 sweep of Salinas. Burnham was a member of the National Charity League where she completed 50-100 hours of community service a year and created her own neighborhood food drive in her community while she was in high school.
The Shawshank Redemption
Sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) received 2010 Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team honorable mention recognition after recording 36 kills (0.37 kps) for a .207 hitting percentage with 136 digs (1.40 dps), 12 blocks (0.12 bps) and 45.5 points (0.47 pps).
She has 16 kills (0.89 kps) this season while hitting .149 with 17 digs (0.94 dps) and 19.0 points (1.06 pps).
She recorded a season-high 10 digs on Dec. 11 in the 2010 Dayton Regional final against No. 3 seed Stanford with her previous high being 10 digs in a 3-0 sweep on Oct. 23 against Oregon State. She was rated No. 11 nationally by Prep Volleyball and played for the 2009 U.S. Women's Junior National Team. She also was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection. Shaw earned 2009-10 Under Armour All-America first team honors after leading Westlake to its third straight Class 5A state final and was named 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer (Arcadia/Mayfield HS) made an impressive collegiate debut at the Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase. She recorded 11 kills and seven blocks in two matches against No. 12 Minnesota and No. 1 Penn State while hitting .400 (11-1-25). She has 42 kills (1.56 kps) this season while hitting .410 with 18 blocks (0.67 bps). She hit .889 (8-0-9) with a solo block against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 2 and had seven kills in a .636 match (7-0-11) the following day against Furman.
From Serbia With Love
Junior middle blocker NataÂÂÂ?a ÂÂÂ?iljkovic (Uzice, Serbia/School of Economy) made her collegiate debut in October of 2010 and played in nine matches for the Women of Troy. She recorded 10 kills (0.71 kps) and 13.0 points (0.93 pps). She had a season-high four kills in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 12 against No. 20 Arizona. While going to the School of Economy, she also played in the Serbian National Team program on the youth, junior and senior squads. She was a member of the 2008 and 2009 squads that finished fourth at the European Championships and a member of the 2007 squad that finished second at the European Championships. She was the fourth-ranked blocker at the 2007 World Championships in Mexico.
Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) was named to the 2010 Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team after recording 195 kills (1.73 kps) with a .366 hitting percentage (placing her 34th nationally) with 93 blocks (0.82 bps) and 259.0 points (2.29 pps). Olgard is listed as week-to-week after undergoing a knee operation in the spring. In the Dayton Regional final against No. 3 Stanford last year, she hit .636 on eight kills (8-1-11) with three blocks. During the Trojans' second-round match in the NCAA Tournament against No. 18 San Diego, she missed her season-highs by one for kills with 11 and blocks with eight against the No. 18 Toreros. She had a season-high nine blocks to go with eight kills in a five-set win on Nov. 26 at No. 9 UCLA. In two wins at Oregon State and No. 23 Oregon (Nov. 19-20), she had 14 kills combined and hit .583 (8-1-12) against Oregon State with four blocks and .417 (6-1-12) against Oregon. She had 15 combined kills with no errors for a .625 hitting clip in wins against Washington State and No. 7 Washington (Oct. 29-30). She had seven kills on 10 swings (.700) with two digs and two blocks against WSU and eight kills on 14 swings (.571) with three blocks (two solo) against Washington. She posted season highs for kills in successive nights on Oct. 8 and 9. Against No. 1 Stanford on Oct. 8, she had nine kills with no errors and three blocks for a .450 night and recorded 12 kills in a .500 night with two blocks against No. 7 California. Her block, along with teammate Alex Jupiter, while USC was down 14-12 in the fifth set against the Golden Bears sparked a 5-1 run as the Women of Troy pulled out the victory. She was third on the team with 26.0 points during the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with 16 kills and a team-high five service aces. She was rated as the No. 5 recruit in the nation by Prep Volleyball and played for the 2009 U.S. Women's Junior National Team while being an alternate for the 2008 squad. She was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection. At the 2009 FIVB Junior World Championship in Mexico, she finished fourth in blocks among all players and 20th in scoring. She was an integral part of three state championship squads (2006, 2007 and 2009) and was named 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year as well as 2009 Inland Northwest Junior Female Athlete of the Year.
Meet The Newbies
The 2011 freshman class for USC was rated 10th nationally by Prep Volleyball. The class includes 5-9 setter Hayley Crone (Temecula/Great Oak HS), 6-2 outside hitter Eve Ettinger (Santa Barbara/Santa Barbara HS), 5-9 outside hitter Bria Russ (Long Beach/Poly HS), 6-3 middle blocker Hannah Schraer (Arcadia/Mayfield HS) and 6-2 setter/outside hitter Emily Young (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg HS).
All-Time Great Night
Since the Galen Center's opening, the USC women's volleyball program has honored its former players with a banner ceremony with the individual having their number and name listed in the rafters for a full year. The Women of Troy will honor Kim Ruddins for the Sept. 24 match against Stanford. Ruddins (1981-95) was a two-time first team All-American in 1984 and 1985 as a setter from Los Angeles (Westchester High). She represented the United States in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.