Pac-12 Postseason Honors Announced
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced its postseason volleyball awards today. USC senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter has been named the Pac-12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, WASHINGTON outside hitter Krista Vansant has been honored as the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and USC's Mick Haley was voted Pac-12 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday. For the first time ever, honors were also awarded to the top setter and top libero in the Conference. USC's Kendall Bateman was tabbed the Pac-12 Conference Setter of the Year and teammate Natalie Hagglund was voted the Pac-12 Conference Libero of the Year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- ALEX JUPITER, USC
An outside hitter from Paris, France, Jupiter becomes only the second Trojan all-time to be named Conference Player of the Year and the first since 2003. A three-time all-Conference selection, she led USC to its first league title since 2003 and fourth overall in the history of the program. In the top-20 all-time in kills in the history of the Pac-12, she broke USC's all-time kills mark and is the first-ever Trojan to break the 1,800 kills mark. She recently also joined the 1,000-career digs club. Ranked fifth in the nation with 5.38 points per set, she also ranks 16th with 4.45 kills per set. She also ranks ninth in the country in aces per set, averaging 0.51. The No. 1-ranked team in the nation heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans posted a Conference-record 20 league wins and are 25-4 overall, also garnering the seventh-overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- KRISTA VANSANT, WASHINGTON
An outside hitter from Redlands, Calif., Vansant arrived in Seattle as the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation and made an immediate impact. A starter in every match, she ranks 10th in the Pac-12 and is the top-hitting freshman in the league, averaging 3.55 kills per set. Ranking sixth in services aces in the Conference at 0.24 per set, Vansant was voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a league-best three times.
SETTER OF THE YEAR -- KENDALL BATEMAN, USC
A senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Bateman has been directing one of the top offenses in the nation. The Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26, she leads the Conference and ranks third in the country with 12.09 assists per set. The Trojan attack boasts the fourth-best hitting percentage in the country (.292) and second-best kills average at 15.0 per set. An All-American last year, she broke the school's career assists record and ranks second all-time in the Pac-12 record books.
LIBERO OF THE YEAR -- NATALIE HAGGLUND, USC
Hailing from Encinitas, Calif., Hagglund ranks third in the Pac-12 in digs per set, averaging 5.03 dps. A sophomore, she was one of the top-rated recruits in the nation coming out of high school. Over the summer, she was the starting libero for the U.S. Junior National Team and was named the Best Libero of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championships. Hagglund has been the Trojans' full-time starting libero since arriving on campus last year.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- MICK HALEY, USC
Mick Haley was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading USC to its first league title since 2003 and its fourth Conference crown all-time. Ranked No. 1 in the country, the Women of Troy won a Conference-record 20 league matches, posting a mark of 20-2 and 25-4 overall, the team's third-straight 20-win season and fifth in six years. A member of the AVCA Hall of Fame, Haley earns his first Coach of the Year honor while at USC. The third USC coach to receive the award all-time, it is the fourth Coach of the Year honor for the Trojans. In 11 seasons in Los Angeles, Haley boasts a 280-63 record (.816) and an 802-200 (.800) career mark (.800) in 28 seasons.
|2011 ALL-PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM|
|Kendall Bateman, USC||S||5-11||SR||Manhattan Beach, Calif.|
|Alaina Bergsma, ORE||OH||6-3||JR||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Meagan Ganzer, WSU||OH||6-3||SR||Black Diamond, Wash.|
|Natalie Hagglund, USC||L||5-9||SO||Encinitas, Calif.|
|Cursty Jackson, ARIZ||MB||6-2||SR||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Alex Jupiter, USC***||OH||6-3||SR||Paris, France|
|Rachael Kidder, UCLA||OH||6-3||JR||Moorpark, Calif.|
|Tarah Murrey, CAL**||OH||6-3||SR||El Cerrito, Calif.|
|Lauren Plum, ORE||S||5-9||SO||Poway, Calif.|
|Kelly Reeves, UCLA||OH||6-0||SO||San Diego, Calif.|
|Bianca Rowland, WASH||MB||6-0||SR||Lynwood, Wash.|
|Lauren Williams, USC**||MB||6-4||SR||Houston, Texas|
|Rachel Williams, STAN||OH||6-0||SO||Los Gatos, Calif.|
|Carly Wopat, STAN||MB||6-2||SO||Santa Barbara, Calif.|
|** two-time selection, **** four-time selection|
|Honorable Mention: Kat Brown, CAL; Karissa Cook, STAN; Katie Fuller, USC; Lainey Gera, UCLA; Shannon Hawari, CAL; Correy Johnson, CAL; Courtney Karst, ARIZ; Tabi Love, UCLA; Arica Nassar, OSU; Robin Rostratter, CAL; Camille Saxton, OSU; Lauren Van Orden, UCLA; Krista Vansant, WASH; Ariana Williams, ORE.|
|2011 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM|
|Lydia Bai, STAN||OH||6-2||Irvine, Calif.|
|Liz Brenner, ORE||OH||6-1||Portland, Ore.|
|Christina Higgins, CAL||OH||6-2||Inglewood, Calif.|
|Madison Kingdon, ARIZ||OH||6-1||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Chloe Mathis, ARIZ||S||5-11||La Jolla, Calif.|
|Arica Nassar, OSU||OH/MB||6-1||Menifee, Calif.|
|Krista Vansant, WASH||OH||6-2||Redlands, Calif.|
|Honorable Mention: Zoe Nightingale, UCLA; Summer Ross, WASH; Chelsey Schofield, UTAH; Hannah Schraer, USC; Nora Tuioti-Mariner, ASU.|
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