Hagglund and Fuller Receive AVCA All-America Honors
Dec. 12, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 32nd annual AVCA Division I Women's Volleyball All-America Teams on Wednesday, Dec. 12, with a trio of USC players honored. Junior libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was one of two players to repeat as a first-team selection while senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller (Olivenhain, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was named to the third team for her first-career All-America selection. Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Mexico/Universidad Del Valle De Atemajac) received honorable mention All-America notice.
Last year, Hagglund became USC's first-ever All-American libero. She and Texas outside hitter Bailey Webster headlined this year's selections, as the only back-to-back first-team honorees in the class. With her first All-America award, Fuller became USC's 35th all-time All-American. Hagglund and Fuller's selections are USC's 65th and 66th all-time. This is the first time in program history in which the Trojans have had All-Americans in the same year come from the same high school; La Costa Canyon HS in La Costa, Calif.
The awards will be presented Dec. 14, 2012, in Louisville, Ky., at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Convention. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.
In 2012, Hagglund received second-time honors as the Pac-12 Libero of the Year, a Pac-12 All-Conference selection, and an AVCA All-Pacific Region selection. She was chosen as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week three times and earned conference All-Academic honorable mention status. She was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team selection and was honored with all-tournament honors in each of USC's pre-conference tournaments. Hagglund completed her junior season with 613 digs (5.02 dps) to become just the second player in program history to record at least 600 digs in a single season. She now owns three of the top nine single-season digs performances in USC history (596 in 2011, and 497 in 2010). Her 1,706 career digs propelled her into second place at USC behind just Debora Seilhamer (2,071 digs; 2003-06) with an entire season ahead of her.
Fuller was a Senior CLASS Award candidate, and completed her final season ranked second on the team in kills (384) and kills per set (3.28). Defensively, her 63 total blocks places her third on the Trojans. She moved into the program's top-10 list for career points, this year, accumulating 438.5 and finishing with 1,115.5 in her four years at Troy. Fuller was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region Team after she received honorable mention as a junior. She was also honored as a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention for the second time. After helping lead the Trojans to an appearance in the Austin Regional Championship match, Fuller was named to the regional all-tournament team. She also received all-tournament honors in each of USC's four pre-conference tourneys including two MVP awards.
Bricio was selected as the AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and earned spots on the All-Pacific Region Team, the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, and the Pac-12 All-Conference Team. She received Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors and National Player of the Week honors, this season, and was selected as the conference Freshman of the Week five times. Bricio finished her first season on campus with 491 kills, 1,325 attacks, and 567.0 points to rank ninth, second, and seventh, respectively, in single-season performances at USC in each of those categories. She also had 43 service aces to rank seventh at USC in a single season. Bricio led the team with 4.06 kps, and 0.36 saps, while hitting .241 on the year.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Molly Alvey, Cincinnati; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech. The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.
The Trojans completed the year in third place in the Pac-12 (15-5) with a 30-6 overall record after advancing to the NCAA Austin Regional title match where they fell to Texas. It was USC's fourth regional final appearance in six years; the program's ninth since the NCAA tournament expanded to include 64 teams in 1998.