Trojans Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Awards|
Oct. 8, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Following stellar performances over the weekend, two USC women's volleyball players swept the Pac-12's trio of weekly awards. Junior libero Natalie Hagglund received Defensive Player of the Week honors while freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio took home her third Freshman of the Week award and became the first-ever freshman to be voted for Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Hagglund receives her first-ever Pac-12 weekly award and is the first USC libero to earn Player of the Week honors since Debora Seilhamer was selected on Oct. 24, 2005.
Bricio is no stranger to the Freshman of the Week award but since the Pac-12 started naming three award winners each week, Bricio is the first frosh to earn both the Offensive Player of the Week distinction on the same week in which she was named Freshman of the Week.
The awards are USC's 50th and 51st all-time. Freshman of the Week honors do not count towards a school's total tally for the Pac-12's weekly awards. Bricio and Hagglund helped a then fifth-ranked USC squad knock off Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (3-1) at the Galen Center.
Bricio was unstoppable as the Trojans notched a pair of big victories over Arizona and ASU. Against the Wildcats, Bricio had her fourth double-double of the year with a career-high 22 kills to go with 11 digs. Most impressively, she got her 22 kills with a scorching .475 hitting percentage. Bricio managed to out-do even herself just two days later as she knocked off her two-day-old career record with a new mark of 24 kills to go with a new career high of 16 digs and 60 attacks for her fifth double-double of the season. On the weekend, Bricio averaged an unthinkable 6.57 kills per set with a stellar .380 hitting rate and posted nearly seven points per set (6.86 pps).
Hagglund was the heartbeat of the Trojan defense and was all over the court for 17 digs against the Wildcats but raised some eyebrows as she logged 32 digs against the Sun Devils. It was Hagglund's fifth career match with at least 30 digs as she was just one short of matching her career record of 33 digs. On the weekend, Hagglund put up 49 digs in just seven sets of action to average 7.00 dps.
USC travels to take on Stanford on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for another top-10 clash on the Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans then wrap up their Bay Area tour with a match against California on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. PT.