Trojans Open NCAA Run with Stags at Galen Center
Nov. 27, 2012
NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball First Round
NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Second Round
LOS ANGELES - 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 are a part of the Texas Regional which will be hosted by the University of Texas in Austin on Dec. 7-8.
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). The Stags were the automatic qualifier out of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with a 22-8 overall record and are on a 10-match winning streak that includes a 3-2 win over Siena in the MAAC championship match.
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 Aztecs are on 12-match winning streak and finished the year with a share of their first-ever Mountain West (MWC) championship to receive an at-large bid to their first NCAA tournament since 2001. The Gaels earned an at-large bid out of the West Coast Conference and will make their sixth appearance in the tournament; the first since 2009.
TICKET INFORMATION: Fans can purchase all-session passes through the USC ticket office online at www.GetTrojanTix.com or over the phone at (855) WEPLAY4. All-session passes are $15 for adults and $12 for students, children, and seniors. Single-session tickets for either Thursday or Friday only can 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.
SCOUTING FAIRFIELD: The Stags ride a 10-match winning streak into their sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament; the program’s first since 2001, which was the last of five consecutive. This is the third time that Fairfield has had to trek to California for its first-round NCAA match. The Stags fell to Michigan in Stockton, Calif., in 1999, and were defeated by host Pepperdine in 2000. USC and Fairfield have met just one other time. The Trojans claimed a 3-0 win (15-6, 15-9, 15-10) on Nov. 20, 1999, at North Gym. The Stags’ 10-match streak, which includes six 3-0 victories, is the team’s longest since 2007. This season, Fairfield won the regular-season MAAC (Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference) title and defeated Siena to claim the MAAC tournament crown and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA championships. Junior Rachel Romansky (10.97 aps, 2.95 dps) was an All-MAAC selection and was the conference’s Setter of the Year while Brianna DixIon (3.56 kps) and Caitlin Stapleton (3.24 kps) were each first-time selections to the All-MAAC team.
SCOUTING SDSU/SAINT MARY'S: San Diego State has won its last 12 matches while Saint Mary’s comes in on a four-match winning streak of 3-0 victories. The Trojans have not met the Aztecs since 1997, but earned a 27-9 record against SDSU from 1976-1997. USC holds a five-match streak over the Aztecs and is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The Trojans have never played Saint Mary’s College, though the Gaels have a sideways USC connection. SMC senior outside hitter Lauren Corp is the younger sister of former USC football quarterback Aaron Corp. The Aztecs finished the year with a share of their first-ever Mountain West Conference (MWC) championship to receive an at-large bid to their first NCAA tournament since 2001. The Gaels earned an at-large bid out of the West Coast Conference and will make their sixth appearance in the tournament; the first since 2009.
PERENIAL POSTSEASON PARTY GOERS: This week, USC received its 35th postseason selection since the program's inception in 1976. The Women of Troy have won six national championships (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2002 and 2003) and have appeared in back-to-back national semifinal matches; three times in the last five years, and seven times in the last 12 seasons. 2010-11 marked the first back-to-back final four appearances for the Trojans since they made three straight appearances from 2002-04. It is USC's 22nd consecutive selection to the NCAA Tournament where it is 66-26 (.717) overall. The Trojans are 112-33 (.772) overall in postseason play.
PAC-12 POSTSEASON ACCOLADES: Freshman OH Samantha Bricio and junior libero Natalie Hagglund headlined a group of six Trojans who received postseason honors from the Pac-12 Conference. Bricio became USC's sixth conference Freshman of the Year while Hagglund was named the Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second straight season. Both Bricio and Hagglund were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference team; USC's 83rd and 84th all-conference recipients. Bricio was also an All-Freshman team selection. Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller, junior OH Sara Shaw, and junior MB Alexis Olgard were each all-conference honorable mention while freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms was an all-freshman team honorable mention.
CLASSROOM WARRIORS: Four Trojans were recently named to the Pac-12's All-Academic team as honorable mentions. Junior libero Natalie Hagglund headlined the group one week after she was selected for Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first-team honors. Hagglund is a communications major with a 3.44 grade-point average. She was joined by seniors Natasa Siljkovic and Erin Yoder, and sophomore Emily Young. Siljkovic is a middle blocker who will graduate with a degree in international relations. Yoder--a service and defensive specialist holds a 3.50 GPA in human performance. A setter/opposite hitter, Young is majoring in business administration with a 3.47 grade-point average.