Natalie Hagglund Named Capital One Academic All-American|
Dec. 13, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - USC women's volleyball junior libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball third team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, Dec. 13. She becomes the fifth player in program history to receive Academic All-America honors and is the first since middle blocker Emily Adams received second-team recognition in 2003 and first-team honors in 2004.
After her selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team in November, Hagglund now joins Adams (1st team, 2003-04), Alaina Kipps (2nd team, 1997), Lauri Yust (2nd team, 1994), and Katie Haller (1st team, 1992-93) and claims the team's seventh Academic All-America certificate.
As USC's first-ever All-American libero, Hagglund repeated her first-team AVCA success this week to add to a plethora of 2012 honors. This season, she 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.
Hagglund was bestowed with all-tournament honors in each of USC's pre-conference tournaments and 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.
Hagglund holds a 3.44 grade point average as a communications major at USC's famed Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is one of just three players from the Pac-12 Conference to receive Academic All-America honors. The other two hail from Oregon. Alaina Bergsma joins Hagglund on the third team while Katherine Fischer takes home her third award as a two-time first-team selection.
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/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 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.
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.