Natalie Hagglund Named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

    Natalie Hagglund is the 2013 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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    Dec. 11, 2013

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC women's volleyball senior libero Natalie Hagglund has been selected as the 2013 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports that the conference sponsors, was established to honor student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

    Hagglund, a native of Encinitas, Calif., and a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, is a communications major with a 3.59 grade point average at USC's prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is also minoring in occupational therapy. A member of the Dean's List and a USC Mark's Scholar, Hagglund was is a two-time selection to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team and was a third-team Academic All-American in 2012. She has also been chosen for Pac-12 academic honorable mention three times in her career.

    On the court, Hagglund is a two-time AVCA All-American and a three-time winner of the Pac-12's Libero of the Year award. She became USC's all-time career leader in digs in October and has now moved into third place in Pac-12 history for digs. Hagglund received her third AVCA All-Region award and was chosen to her third All-Pac-12 Team this season. She owns three of USC's top five single-season marks for digs (four of the top 10) and earned her fourth and fifth Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors this year. Hagglund leads the Pac-12 in digs (5.30 dps, 18th in the nation) and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

    In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 of higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award, which was first established during the 2008-09 academic year.

    Seeded sixth, USC (28-5) will host BYU (24-6) in an NCAA Los Angeles Regional semifinal match at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Dec. 13, at Galen Center. The region's top seed No. 3 Washington (28-2) will face 14th-seeded Kansas (25-7) in the other semifinal match at 5 p.m. Winning teams will advance to face each other in the regional championship match set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8:30 p.m. PT.

    Both semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the championship match will be carried live by ESPNU. Sam Gore will serve as the broadcast play-by-play announcer with Holly McPeak as the color analyst.

    The winner of the regional championship receives one of four coveted national semifinal spots in Seattle. The University of Washington and the Seattle Sports Commission in conjunction with Key Arena will serve as co-hosts of the 2013 NCAA Championship with semifinals set for Thursday, Dec. 19 (4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT), and the championship match set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. All matches at the championship site will be carried live on ESPN2.

    Fans can purchase all-session tickets good for all three matches at the regional championship on or by calling (213) 740-GOSC. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for children (3 years and up), seniors, and students with a valid ID. All tickets are reserved seating.