Natalie Hagglund Earns First-Team Academic All-America Honors
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Dec. 12, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - USC women's volleyball senior libero Natalie Hagglund was honored as one of six student-athletes on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I volleyball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, Dec. 12. This lofty award comes just one day after Hagglund was chosen as the Pac-12's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Hagglund becomes just the fifth female USC athlete to be named first-team Academic All-America and the 27th Trojan athlete overall. It is USC's 32nd certificate all-time including men's and women's award winners. She is the only player on the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division I volleyball first team who is a repeat selection. Hagglund was on the third team in 2012.
As the fifth female USC athlete to earn first-team Academic All-America notice, Hagglund joins volleyball greats Emily Adams (2004) and Katie Haller (1992-93), Anca Anastasiu (2006) of women's tennis, and Flora Bolonyai (2013) of women's water polo. For the women's volleyball program, it is the eighth overall Academic All-America certificate and the fourth first-team selection. Hagglund is also just the third women's volleyball player to receive repeat Academic All-America honors. Adams was a second-team selection in 2003, and Haller was a two-time first-teamer in 92-93. Alaina Kipps (1997, second team) and Lauri Yust (1994, second team) round out USC's eight women's volleyball certificates.
Senior Katy Slay of Penn State, Stephanie Arnold of Eastern Illinois, Camila Jersonsky of Auburn, Shelby Kintzel of Northern Iowa, and Sallie McLaurin of Oklahoma complete the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I volleyball first team. The six members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.80.
Juniors Emma Deininger of Radford, Ayesha Hein of U.S. Air Force Academy, and Annika Foit of LIU Brooklyn join seniors Becca Haraf of Liberty, Elizabeth Koberstein of Marquette and Macy Ubben of Northern Iowa who were each named to the second team.
The third team is comprised of seniors Courtney Cohen of Troy, Kristen Kelsay of Michigan State, Ali McCurdy of Duke, Brieanna Merriweather of North Carolina State, and Chelsea Wintzinger of Auburn. Graduate students Veronica Munkeby of North Dakota and Bailey Webster of Texas round out the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America®.
A communications major with a 3.59 grade point average, Hagglund was named third team Capital One Academic All-America® in 2012. A native of Encinitas, Calif., she is a two-time AVCA first-team All-America selection. She has been named as the Pac-12 Conference Libero of the Year three times and leads the Pac-12 (18th in the nation) with 5.30 digs per set. Hagglund owns the USC record with 2,310 career digs and has led the sixth-seeded Trojans to a 28-5 record and a berth in the NCAA regional semifinals against Brigham Young.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.