Hagglund Named to CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team|
Nov. 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - USC senior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund was named to the 2013 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team on Thursday, Nov. 7. It is the second all-district honor of her career. Last year, Hagglund went on to receive Academic All-America third-team notice and is now eligible to be chosen as a Capital One Academic All-American in 2013.
Hagglund holds a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average and is majoring in communications at USC's famed Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is one of just two Pac-12 players to be named to the all-district team in the highly competitive eighth district and is joined by Oregon State junior Tayla Woods.
In 2012, Hagglund became the first Trojan to receive Academic All-District honors since three-time All-American middle blocker Emily Adams was selected in 2003 and 2004. Adams went on to earn Academic All-America second-team honors in 2003 and first-team honors in 2004.
Hagglund became USC's all-time career leader for digs (2,131 to date) in a match against Stanford (Oct. 30). She currently leads the Pac-12 in digs (5.25 dps) and ranks 20th in the nation. Last weekend, she posted back-to-back 36-dig matches. It was the second time in her career that she recorded back-to-back 30-dig matches and the ninth time that she has broken the 30-dig plateau.
As one of the most accomplished student-athletes in USC's storied history, Hagglund is a two-time first-team AVCA All-American libero and is a two-time recipient of the Pac-12's Libero of the Year award. She has also twice been chosen for AVCA All-Pacific Region honors and for Pac-12 All-Conference honors. Hagglund has five Pac-12 Player of the Week notches on her belt and has also made herself known in international circles as the U.S. Junior National Team's starting libero in 2011 at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championships.
As a first-team all-district selection, Hagglund is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be voted on later this month by members of CoSIDA. In order to be eligible for the all-district ballot, nominees had to have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, be in their second year at an institution, and be a starter or important reserve who has participated in at least 50 percent of a team's contests.
For more information on Academic All-District and All-America honors, please visit www.CoSIDA.com.
The fourth-ranked Trojans are 20-3 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-12 through 23 matches this season. USC will host 2012 NCAA runner-up Oregon (Friday, Nov. 8) and Oregon State (Sunday, Nov. 10) at Galen Center. With just eight regular-season matches remaining, the Trojans are in line to make their 23rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament; 31st overall. USC and the Galen Center will play host to one of four NCAA regional championships, Dec. 13-14. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.