USC Claims Four Major Pac-12 Conference Awards
Nov. 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Four members of the USC women's volleyball program earned major 2011 Pac-12 Conference awards, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) was named 2011 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year with senior Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) named Setter of the Year, sophomore Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) named Libero of the Year and head coach Mick Haley named Coach of the Year.
Jupiter becomes just the third player in USC history to earn conference player of the year honors (Cathy Stukel in 1980 and April Ross in 2003). This is the first year that the conference has expanded major honors to include Setter of the Year and Libero of the Year.
Haley earned his first Coach of the Year honor while at USC, becoming the fifth coach in USC history to earn the conference nod. It is the seventh time in his career he has been named conference coach of the year after being named six times for the honor by the Southwest Conference while at Texas during his tenure from 1980-96.
Jupiter, Bateman and Hagglund also earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors along with senior middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS). Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller (Olivenhain/La Costa Canyon HS) earned Pac-12 Conference honorable mention while middle blocker Hannah Schraer (Arcadia/Mayfield HS) received Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorable mention.
This is the first time since the 2003 national championship season that USC has placed at least four players on the all-conference team. Jupiter becomes USC's first three-time all-conference selection since Bibiana Candelas (2003-05).
Jupiter has 418 kills (4.45 kps) this season with a .276 hitting percentage. She has nine assists (0.10 aps), 48 service aces (0.51 saps), 267 digs (2.84 dps), 51 blocks (0.54 bps) and 506.0 points (5.38 pps). She is tied for first among all Pac-12 Conference players for points and leads the conference in aces while ranking third among conference players in kills.
She ranked fifth nationally for points, ninth for service aces and 16th for kills. She set three USC career records this season for kills, points and total attempts. She snapped Jennifer Kessy's mark of 1,799 career kills on November 19 and has 2,142.0 points in her Trojan career. She is second on USC's single-season list for aces, just behind April Ross (0.52 saps in 2003).
In conference matches this season with USC posting a 10-2 record against ranked opponents, Jupiter recorded 306 kills (4.37 kps) with a .283 hitting percentage for the Pac-12 Conference regular-season champions. She had 39 aces (0.56 saps) with 209 digs (2.99 dps), 43 blocks (0.61 bps) and 377.5 points (5.39 pps).
Bateman has 1,149 assists (12.09 aps) this season while guiding the Women of Troy's offense to a .292 hitting percentage, ranking them fourth nationally. She leads all Pac-12 Conference players in assists and ranks third in the nation. She has 26 kills (0.27 kps) with 188 digs (1.98 dps) and 34 blocks (0.36 bps).
She was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on September 26 after leading USC to 3-0 sweeps at home over No. 1 California and No. 2 Stanford (Sept. 23-24). She had 42 assists (14.00 aps) with seven digs and two blocks against Cal as the Women of Troy hit .271 for the match. Against the Cardinal, she posted 41 assists with nine digs and one block.
Hagglund has 478 digs (5.03 dps) this season for the Women of Troy, ranking her third among Pac-12 Conference players and 45th in the nation. In her last nine matches, she has made only two reception errors in 96 attempts (.980). She has a 5.19 digs-per-set average in conference play this season and tied the school record for most digs in a three-set match with 30 against No. 4 Washington, tying the mark held by Debora Seilhamer (vs. Pepperdine, December 3, 2005).
Williams leads all Pac-12 players with a .402 hitting percentage this season, ranking her seventh in the nation. She is third on the team with 251 kills (2.67 kps). She has 21 digs (0.22 dps), 75 blocks (0.80 bps) and 293.0 points (3.12 pps). She was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on November 7, the second time she earned the conference honor. In 3-0 sweeps against Washington State and No. 10 Washington (November 4-5), Williams hit .692 with 20 kills with only two errors on 26 attempts with six blocks. Against the Cougars, she was a perfect 9-for-9 with three blocks and hit .529 on 11 kills (11-2-17) with three blocks against the Huskies.
Fuller is second on the team with 271 kills (2.85 kps) this season. She has 20 assists (0.21 aps), 15 aces (0.16 saps), 168 digs (1.77 dps), 46 blocks (0.48 bps) and 310.5 points (3.27 pps). She had a season-high 16 kills last Friday in a four-set win at No. 4 UCLA.
Schraer has 21 starts in 25 matches this season and is fourth among Pac-12 Conference players with a .370 hitting percentage. She has 125 kills (1.76 kps) with 41 blocks (0.58 bps) and made an impact with the team by starting right away after sophomore teammate Alexis Olgard missed the first 13 matches of the season.
USC, ranked No. 1 in the nation according to the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, has the No. 7 national seed heading into the 2011 NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Women of Troy will face Yale on Friday in a first-round match with the winner to face either Tulsa or Oklahoma in the second round on Saturday at the Galen Center.