Bricio and Hagglund Among Six Trojans to Take Home Pac-12 Honors
Nov. 27, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced its postseason volleyball awards, today (Nov. 27). Junior Natalie Hagglund received her second Pac-12 Libero of the Year honor and outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Both Bricio and Hagglund were selected to the all-conference team while Bricio also made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. The duo receives USC's 83rd and 84th all-time all-conference certificates and Bricio becomes the 24th Trojan to be placed on the league's all-freshman squad. Senior opposite Katie Fuller earned all-conference honorable mention for the second time, while junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard and junior outside hitter Sara Shaw, each received all-conference honorable mention for the first time. Middle blocker Alicia Ogoms earned all-freshman honorable mention.
Oregon senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year while the Ducks' junior setter Lauren Plum was chosen as the Setter of the Year. Stanford head coach John Dunning was voted to his fourth Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor.
Bricio is the second Trojan in three years and the sixth all-time to be named the Conference's Freshman of the Year. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native leads the Pac-12 in services aces per set (0.34 saps), and also ranks fifth in kills (4.05 kps) and points (5.40 pps) per set. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week five times, this season, and also earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 8. She was then named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Bricio helped the Trojans to third place in the Pac-12 and a No. 6 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Hagglund was voted the Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second consecutive year. It is the second year the honor has been awarded. Her All-Pac-12 honor is also the second of her career. She has posted three of the top four single-match digs totals in the Pac-12, this season, and is the only player to tally over 40, when she put up 44 digs in a four-set upset of then-No. 1 Stanford on Nov. 15. The Encinitas, Calif., native leads the Pac-12 with 5.09 digs per set, this season.
The fourth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (27-5, 15-5 Pac-12) received the sixth overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, and will host first- and second-round matches at the Galen Center on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 29-30). The Trojans will make their 22nd consecutive appearance in the annual tournament; the program's 30th overall. USC has won three NCAA titles: the first-ever in 1981, and back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. The Trojans are 66-26 all-time in tournament matches. As a program, the Women of Troy hold six national crowns.
USC will face Fairfield in a 7:30 p.m. PT first-round match on Thursday (Nov. 29). In Thursday's other first-round match, San Diego State (23-7) will face Saint Mary's College (17-10) at 5 p.m. PT. The two winners will meet in the second round on Friday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m. PT, for the right to move into the round of 16.
Fans can purchase all-session passes through the USC ticket office online at www.GetTrojanTix.com or over the phone at (855) WEPLAY4 (937-5294). All-session passes are $15 for adults and $12 for students, children, and seniors. Single session tickets for either Thursday or Friday only can only be purchased at the Galen Center box office and are $10 for adults and $6 for students, children, and seniors. All tickets and passes are general admission seating. The USC Galen Center box office will open approximately 90 minutes before the first match on Thursday and at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.