Hagglund Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 29, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC women's volleyball junior libero Natalie Hagglund was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 23-28. It is the second career honor for the All-American junior and USC's 52nd all-time conference weekly honor. UCLA's Tabi Love was named Offensive Player of the Week and Stanford's Inky Ajanaku was selected as the Freshman of the Week.
The Trojans' defensive anchor for the last three years, Hagglund led the team to a pair of wins over then-No. 5 Washington (3-2) and Washington State (3-0), this weekend. She posted a career-high 34 digs in a five-set win against the Huskies; the highest total by a Pac-12 player this season, topping the previous high of 32 she posted earlier this year against Arizona State on Oct. 7. One night later, Hagglund put up another 20 digs in just three sets against WSU to tally 54 for the weekend. In eight sets of play, Hagglund averaged nearly seven digs per set (6.75 dps) and ranks second in the Pac-12 in the category, averaging 4.80 dps.
Pac-12 weekly awards have been selected every week of the season since the conference began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. It is the second year the Pac-12 has announced an offensive, defensive, and rookie honoree.
The sixth-ranked Trojans (21-3, 9-3 Pac-12) now hit the road for four straight matches starting with a pair at Arizona State (Nov. 2) and Arizona (Nov. 4). Both matches will be carried live by the Pac-12 Networks. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.