Women's Volleyball
    Natalie Hagglund Named Finalist for Senior Class Award
    USC senior libero Natalie Hagglund
    USC senior libero Natalie Hagglund
    
    

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    Oct. 31, 2013

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - USC senior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. 10 NCAA women's volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. A complete list of finalists follows this release.

    Hagglund is the Trojans' career leader in digs with 2,095 and counting. She ranks fifth in Pac-12 history and is poised to take a shot at the top spot in the conference record books. Hagglund owns two of the top eight single-match records in school history. She had 44 digs (second all-time) in a win over Stanford on Nov. 15, 2012, at Galen Center, and recently posted 36 digs (tied for eighth all-time) in another win over Stanford on Oct. 30, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. Overall, she has posted eight matches with 30 digs or more in her career.

    As a team captain, Hagglund has set an example to follow both on and off the court. She holds one of the highest grade point averages on the squad and will graduate in 2014 with a degree in communication from the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication. She will also receive a minor in occupational therapy. In 2012, Hagglund was named a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American (third team) and was also chosen to the All-District VIII team. She has twice received Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and is a member of the USC Dean's List.

    In the community, Hagglund has been actively involved in several philanthropic team and student-athlete functions including efforts towards Movember; a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness and funds for men's health issues surrounding prostate and testicular cancer. She has also served as an ambassador for the Pac-12 as a member of the conference's all-star team that visited China in the summer of 2013.

    Hagglund became USC's first-ever first-team All-American libero in 2011 and has twice been chosen for the honor. She has also been named the Pac-12 Libero of the Year in each of the past two seasons. Hagglund is the owner of two AVCA All-Pacific Region Team certificates and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference selection.

    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 respective communities.

    The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website (www.SeniorCLASSAward.com) where balloting is open through Monday, Dec. 9. Fan botes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the overall winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December. For more information on all of the finalists, please visit www.SeniorCLASSAward.com.

    The Trojans are 19-3 overall and 9-2 in the Pac-12 through 22 matches, this season. USC will face No. 22 California (13-6, 6-4) for a Friday-evening test on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.

    WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL FINALISTS
    Jennifer Cross, Michigan
    Natalie Hagglund, USC
    Emily Hartong, Hawaii
    Carline Jarmoc, Kansas
    Chloe Mann, Florida
    Ashley Potts, Western Kentucky
    Ariel Scott, Penn State
    Bailey Webster, Texas
    Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
    Carly Wopat, Stanford

    CONTACT
    Laurie Bollig
    Phone: 913/563-5417
    lbollig@seniorCLASSaward.com

    ABOUT THE AWARD
    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.