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Natalie Hagglund

School

USC

Position
Libero
Major
Communications
K
5
Pct
.214
SA
8
BS
1
BA
1
D
604

Classroom

Hagglund was a 2012 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America third-team selection. She was also honored as a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team. Hagglund has twice received Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention and holds one of the team’s top GPAs. She has received USC’s Student-Athlete of the Week and Student-Athlete of the Month awards and is a member of the USC Dean’s List. Hagglund is also a Mark’s Scholar, one of the University’s highest academic recognitions. Hagglund is a member of the USC Provost’s Oversight Committee for Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA). It is an opportunity bestowed upon only four student-athletes at USC. The committee meets once a month and was created to provide faculty evaluation of the academic policies and programs the University develops for student-athletes. It is responsible for review and advising on programs, operations, and policies. She is set to graduate in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and will receive a minor in occupational therapy.

Character

Hagglund has served as one of USC’s team captains for the past two seasons and is looked to for leadership by her teammates and peers. She has often been a spokeswoman for the team in interview and media situations and has carried herself with great poise and professionalism. She has an attitude of service and has spent many hours as a volleyball coach, a surfing coach, and as a leader and participant in several of USC’s community outreach events. This summer, Hagglund spent a week and a half abroad as a representative of USC, the Pac-12, and the United States as a member of the Pac-12 All-Star Team. She was last year’s recipient of USC’s Paula Weishoff Award - granted to the team’s most valuable player as voted upon by the players themselves. Hagglund is known to put in the extra work both on and off the court. Her hard-working attitude netted her an internship at Fox News in the summer of 2013 where she assisted producers with story development, conducted interviews, and sat in on live broadcasts. She is what her coaches call the energy that makes the team run. Hagglund is a well-respected member of not only the USC student-athlete community, but of the university as well.

Community

In the community, Hagglund has given of her time generously as both a part of the USC women’s volleyball team and as a member of the USC student-athlete family. She was an integral factor in the money-raising efforts put on by the USC athletic department for Movember; a nationwide campaign aimed at raising vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Hagglund’s involvement helped the USC women’s volleyball team rank among the top groups for raising money on campus in both 2011 and 2012. As a part of the women’s volleyball team, Hagglund has also given of her time to Children’s hospital visits. The team visited County-USC Children’s Hospital and passed out t-shirts and spent time with children in intensive care units and various playrooms. Hagglund has also given her time as a surf instructor at Del Mar Beach. A surfing champion in her own rite, she has taught others of various ages the basics of surfing including paddling, standing, turning, and how to read waves.

Competition

Hagglund became USC’s first-ever All-American libero in 2011. She earned her second AVCA All-America first-team honor as a junior as also took home her second Pac-12 Libero of the Year award in the same year. She has twice been named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region Team and is a two-time member of the Pac-12 All-Conference Team as well. Volleyball Magazine has twice selected her for first-team All-America honors and. As a freshman, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Hagglund became USC’s first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award and earned the honor three times as a junior. She received All-Tournament honors in each of USC’s four pre-conference tournaments in 2012. Hagglund was chosen as a member of the exclusive Pac-12 All-Star Team that toured China in the summer of 2013. She posted 613 digs as a junior to rank third on USC’s single-season records lists. She moved into second all-time at USC in career digs (1,706) and is in position to become USC’s all-time leader. She eclipsed the 30-dig mark in three matches in 2012 and set a career best with 44 digs in a four-set win over Stanford on Nov. 15. The 44 digs were the second-most in a single match for a USC player behind only Debora Seilhamer’s 45 in a five-set match.