Four Players Earn 2011 AVCA All-America Honors
Dec. 14, 2011
SAN ANTONIO -- Four members of the USC women's volleyball program earned 2011 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-America awards as the teams were announced today. The awards will be presented on Friday in San Antonio, Texas, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst. 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 Friday as well.
Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS), senior setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) and sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) were named first team All-Americans while senior middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) was named third All-American.
It is the first time since the 2003 national championship season that USC has placed three first team All-Americans and four overall All-Americans.
Jupiter has 482 kills (4.38 kps) this season with a .267 hitting percentage. She has 12 assists (0.11 aps), 57 service aces (0.52 saps), 348 digs (3.16 dps), 61 blocks (0.55 bps) and 586.0 points (5.33 pps). Jupiter was named 2011 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and is the first three-time All-American at USC since Bibiana Candelas in 2005 and first two-time first team All-American since Emily Adams in 2004. She was named most outstanding player at the NCAA Honolulu Regional after posting 50 kills, seven aces and 55 digs against No. 3 Hawai'i and No. 18 Pepperdine. In the five-set regional semifinal win against Hawai'i, she recorded career highs with 33 kills and 26 digs. In the fifth set alone against a sellout crowd of 10,300, Jupiter took over the match with eight kills and one aces in the set. The following night in the regional final, she bested her dig total with 29 digs to go with 17 kills. She is currently sixth in the nation for points, tied for sixth for service aces and 21st 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 2,220.0 points in her Trojan career. Her 0.52 service aces per set average would tie the USC single-season record, held by 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 1,330 assists (11.98 aps) this season while guiding the Women of Troy's offense to a .289 hitting percentage, ranking them in a tie for third nationally. She leads all Pac-12 Conference players in assists and ranks fourth in the nation. She has 30 kills (0.27 kps) with 230 digs (2.07 dps) and 42 blocks (0.38 bps). Bateman was named 2011 Pac-12 Conference Setter of the Year. 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 565 digs (5.09 dps) this season for the Women of Troy, ranking her third among Pac-12 Conference players and 42nd in the nation. In her last 12 matches, she has made only one reception error in 150 attempts (.993). 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). She was named 2011 Pac-12 Conference Libero of the Year.
Williams has a .382 hitting percentage this season, ranking her 20th in the nation. She is third on the team with 285 kills (2.64 kps). She has 23 digs (0.21 dps), 87 blocks (0.81 bps) and 333.5 points (3.09 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.
USC will play Illinois in a national semifinal match at the 2011 NCAA Final Four tomorrow at approximately 8 p.m. (Central time) from The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2/ESPN3 with a live audio broadcast on usctrojans.com.