Fuller, Hagglund, and Bricio Receive AVCA Pacific Region Honors
Dec. 4, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its annual all-region teams on Tuesday (Dec. 4) with USC senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller, junior libero Natalie Hagglund, and freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio each on the All-Pacific Region team. Bricio was honored as the Pacific Region's Freshman of the Year. Each of the Trojans is now eligible to be selected as an AVCA All-American while Bricio is also in the running to be named the National Freshman of the Year.
It is the second All-Pacific Region honor for Hagglund who became USC's first-ever All-American libero a year ago. Fuller was an all-region honorable mention as a junior and is making her first appearance on the all-region team. Bricio receives her first regional honors.
USC is one of two Pacific Region teams with three players on the all-region team. Fellow Pac-12 school Oregon is the other with conference Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma, Liz Brenner, and Lauren Plum. Stanford had two players: Carly Wopat and the only other freshman on the team, Inky Ajanaku. UCLA's Tabi Love and Washington's Krista Vansant rounded out the Pac-12's 10 selections to the regional team. Pepperdine and Brigham Young each had two players on the team to round out the 14-player roster. BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead received regional Coach of the Year honors after he led the Cougars to a 28-3 overall record; 13-3 in the West Coast Conference.
Hagglund leads the Pac-12 in digs, this season, with 5.03 dps, and had a match in which she logged a career-high 44 digs to lead the Trojans to a four-set upset of then top-ranked Stanford. Hagglund received the Pac-12's Libero of the Year award for the second year in a row and was chosen for All-Conference honors for a second time. She was named conference Defensive Player of the Week three times and also earned Pac-12 academic honorable mention. Hagglund was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first-team selection and was named to the all-tournament team in each of USC's four pre-conference tourneys.
Fuller ranks second on the team in points (417.0) and kills (3.27 kps) this season. She was selected for Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention for the second year in a row and was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. Fuller was named to all-tournament teams in each of USC's four pre-conference tourneys and was twice chosen as the most valuable player. She moved into the Trojans' top 10 list for career points, this year, and currently has 1,094.0.
Bricio was the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year and was named to the All-Conference Team, the All-Freshman Team, and Conference Freshman of the Week five times in her first year on campus. Bricio was also named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8, which was followed by honors as the AVCA National Player of the Week, the NCAA.com Player of the Week, and the College Volleyball Update National Player of the Week. Bricio was named to the all-tournament team in all four of USC's pre-conference tourneys and was twice chosen as the tournament MVP. She leads the team in points (541.0) and kills (4.10 kps) while hitting .242, this season. She is six kills away from cracking USC's top 10 single-season performances and is already tied for eighth in single-season service aces with 40. Her 1,263 attacks this season ranks fifth all-time at USC for single-season attempts.
Seeded sixth, USC (29-5) will face Wichita State (24-9) in the round of 16 of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The Women of Troy and the Shockers will face each other in the Austin Regional semifinal hosted by the University of Texas in a 5 p.m. CT (3 p.m. PT) match at Gregory Gym on Friday, Dec. 7. The winner will advance to the regional championship match set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. CT (6 p.m. PT) to face either third-seeded Texas (25-4) or 14th-seeded Florida (27-4). The Longhorns and the Gators will play their semifinal match at 7 p.m. CT on Friday. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.