Hagglund and Bricio Take Home Pac-12 Weekly Honors
Nov. 19, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC women's volleyball junior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time, this season, and freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio claimed Freshman of the Week honors for the fifth time for the week of Nov. 12-18. Oregon senior Alaina Bergsma was chosen as the league's Offensive Player of the Week.
It is Hagglund's third-career defensive honor, with all three selections coming this season. It is USC's 53rd all-time weekly award. Bricio is the freshman of the week selection for a league-leading fifth time, this season.
Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) posted a career-high 44 digs in the four-set win and upset of then-No. 1 Stanford. Her total was just one dig shy of tying the program's record for digs in a single match and the most ever by a Trojan in a four-set match; the most of any Pac-12 player this season. She had 15 digs in the first set, alone, and posted five during one particularly important rally that supplied USC with a 10-6 lead. In a five-set win over California, she tallied 19 digs to help the Trojans to their fifth consecutive victory. Hagglund averaged 11.0 dps against Stanford and 7.0 dps for the weekend. She pushed her total career digs to 1,609 to rank third all-time at USC and currently leads the Pac-12 with 5.01 digs per set.
Bricio (Guadalajara, Mexico) was an unstoppable force for the Trojans as she carried the Women of Troy to a pair of wins. She led all scorers each night, and recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and a career-high 22 digs against the Cardinal. She also had a pair of service aces in the win to log 21.0 points. Against the Bears, she had 18 kills and two aces, as well as two timely solo blocks to post 22.0 points. On the weekend, she averaged 4.11 kills, 3.44 digs and 4.78 points per set. She ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in kills (4.12 kps) and is the league leader in service aces (0.34 saps).
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 No. 4-ranked Trojans (26-4, 14-4 Pac-12) head to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State (14-16, 4-14) in an 8 p.m. PT match on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, USC goes across town to take on seventh-ranked rival UCLA (21-6, 13-5) on Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. PT in its regular-season finale. Both matches are scheduled to air live on Pac-12 Networks. Please visit www.Pac-12.com for more information.