Legendary USC coach to lead Pac-12 all-star women's volleyball tour in China
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced today plans to send an all-star women's volleyball team to China in June 2013. Leading the trip will be USC women's volleyball coach and 2011 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Mick Haley.
The summer all-star team - made up of 12 Pac-12 student-athletes - will play at least six matches against Chinese Professional Club Teams over two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai. Joining Haley on the coaching staff are fellow Pac-12 coaches Beth Launiere (Utah) and Jen Greeny (Washington State) who will serve as his assistant coaches on the trip.
In addition to the matches, the student-athletes will enjoy cultural and sightseeing visits in China at the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and other attractions.
"This type of tour can be a transformative moment for our student-athletes," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "In addition to the competition on the court, they will return to their teams with a meaningful life experience of visiting another country and learning more about another culture."
"I think, certainly, our Pac-12 athletes and the Conference will benefit from the competition and the cultural exchange," said Haley. "What's exciting about this trip is the experience of new foods, different rules, differing styles of play and of course the opportunity to make new friends. The quality of play in China should be exceptional. China has over 100,000 club teams and university teams that play in leagues all over the country. Chinese fans are extremely loyal with a great national spirit for competition."
Competition against Chinese teams is not new for Pac-12 women's volleyball players. In addition to international play like the Olympics, four Pac-12 women's volleyball teams hosted the Jiangsu Volleyball Team from Nanjing, China, one of the leading professional volleyball teams in China, for matches during the 2012 season.
The Pac-12 has a storied history in women's volleyball with 14 NCAA titles, the most of any Conference. This success extends across the Conference with seven different Pac-12 teams advancing to the national semifinals since 2001. The Pac-12 also features the nation's best players with the AVCA National Player of the Year coming from the Pac-12 in each of the last three years.
The student-athletes on the tour represent Pac-12 teams that distinguished the Conference during the 2012 season with seven NCAA Tournament bids, tied for the most of any conference in the country. The University of Oregon advanced to the national championship game to mark the third-straight year a league squad has played in the final match, and five Pac-12 teams finished the season ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA National Coaches poll.
This summer's All-Star team was selected by the coaching staff and Pac-12 liaison and includes two setters, one libero, three middle blockers, and six outside hitters from Pac-12 teams. The team features some of the top talent in the country and the Conference. Five were voted All-Pac-12 in 2012, including USC's Natalie Hagglund, who was voted the Conference's Libero of the Year for the second year in a row. Along with Hagglund, two others on were tabbed AVCA All-Americans (Oregon's Liz Brenner and Lauren Plum). In total, 10 of the 12 universities in the Conference are represented. The team includes two freshmen, four sophomores, five juniors and one senior.
2013 Pac-12 Volleyball All-Star Team Roster
|Inky Ajanaku||Stanford||Fr.||190 cm||Middle Blocker|
|Liz Brenner||Oregon||So.||185 cm||Outside Hitter|
|Hayley Crone||USC||Jr.||175 cm||Setter|
|Shelby Dalton||Utah||So.||185 cm||Outside Hitter|
|Kelcey Dunaway||Washington||Sr.||188 cm||Middle Blocker|
|Macey Gardner||Arizona State||Fr.||182 cm||Outside Hitter|
|Marcelina Glab||Washington State||Jr.||188 cm||Middle Hitter|
|Natalie Hagglund||USC||Jr.||175 cm||Libero|
|Madi Kingdon||Arizona||So.||185 cm||Outside Hitter|
|Arica Nassar||Oregon State||So.||185 cm||Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker|
|Lauren Plum||Oregon||Jr.||175 cm||Setter|
|Kelly Reeves||UCLA||Jr.||182 cm||Outside Hitter|
Head Coach: Mick Haley, USC
Assistant Coaches: Jen Greeny, Washington State; Beth Launiere, Utah
Inky Ajanaku, Stanford, Middle Blocker, Freshman, Tulsa, Okla.
Ajanaku was an AVCA All-America honorable mention, AVCA All-Pacific Region, All-Pac-12 and named to Pac-12 All-Freshman team for her performance during the 2012 season ... Played in 116 sets, making 24 starts at middle blocker ... Averaged 2.42 kills and 1.23 blocks per set ... Third in the Pac-12, 28th nationally, with a .374 hitting percentage ... Selected to the NCAA Berkeley Regional All-Tournament team ... Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Oct 15 and Oct. 29 ... Competed for the A2 U.S. Women's Junior National Team in 2011.
Liz Brenner, Oregon, Outside Hitter, Sophomore, Portland, Ore.
Brenner became the first underclass volleyball player to be named an All-American in Oregon history ... Named second-team AVCA All-American, as well as All-Pac-12 and All-Region in 2012 ... Helped lead the Ducks average a NCAA-leading 15.95 kills per set ... Helped UO earned a No. 2 national ranking, the best in the history of the program, while also helping the team reach its first-ever NCAA title game ... Ranked ninth and eighth in the Pac-12 in points (4.39 pps) and kills (3.93 kps), respectively ... Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in early November ... Named Academic All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2012 ... In 2011-12, was an All-Pac-12 Freshman team honoree ... A three-sport varsity athlete at Oregon playing on the basketball and softball teams in 2011-12, and plans to join the track & field squad in 2013.
Haley Crone, USC, Junior, Setter, Temecula, Calif.
Crone started all 36 of USC's matches as a sophomore setter… Completed the year with 1,337 assists (11.05 aps), 39 kills, 31 service aces (0.26 saps for second on the team), and 265 digs (2.19 dps for fourth on the team)… Her 11.05 assists per set ranked third in the Pac-12 ... Her 1,337 assists rank eighth on USC's all-time single-season assists ladder ... Her 9.68 career assists per set rank eighth on the program's all-time list ... Posted a team-high tying, and eighth in the league, 11 double-double matches ... Played 15 matches as a freshman and recorded 37 assists, one service ace and 10 digs.
Shelby Dalton, Utah, Outside Hitter, Sophomore, Moab, Utah
Dalton was a member of the U.S. Women's National A2 Team during the 2012 summer .... Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-12 in 2012 … 10th in Pac-12 with 1.14 blocks per set in league play and 1.06 blocks per set overall for her sophomore season ... Averaged 1.78 kills per set with a .254 hitting percentage during 2012.
Kelcey Dunaway, Washington, Senior, Middle Blocker, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Dunaway played in 20-of-32 matches, starting in 15 in her final collegiate campaign ... Ranked second on the team in attack percentage (.329) and third in blocks per set at 1.20 ... In 2011 as a junior, played in 22 sets over 15 matches, including appearances in seven Pac-12 matches ... Earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-12 honors in 2010 and 2011 ... In her sophomore season, earned a specialist role that led to her seeing action in 101 sets, posting 25 aces, second-most on the team ... Played in 45 sets and 16 matches in her freshman season ... Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 in 2009.
Macey Gardner, Arizona State, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Gilbert, Ariz.
Gardner was named All-Pac-12 and to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team ... Set a new ASU freshman kill record with 577 and ranks second in single season kills at ASU … One of only three freshmen ever to lead the Pac-12 Conference in total kills ... Tied the ASU freshman single-match record of 28 kills against UC-Rivine on Aug. 31, which also ranks 17th all-time in the category ... Named to three All-Tournament teams and Most Valuable Player of the ASU's Sheraton Invitational … Earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors on Sept 17 and Oct. 1.
Marcelina Glab, Washington State, Junior, Middle Hitter, Watertown, S.D.
Glad was the team's co-captain in 2012 ... Led the Cougars with 1.15 blocks per set on the season … Tallied 121 block assists in 2012 which is 10th-best in WSU's single season records all-time ... Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept 17 … During her junior season, was the team starter at middle, set a season-high 10 kills and hit a season-high .389 ... Saw action in 87 sets during her freshman year.
Natalie Hagglund, USC, Junior, Libero, Encintas, Calif.
Hagglund is a two-time first team AVCA All-America, the first ever USC libero to earn the honor ... Had 613 digs as a junior to rank third on the school's single-season list ... Her 5.02 digs per set in 2012 were the fifth-highest in school history for a single season ... Moved into second all-time at USC in career digs (1,706) and digs per set (4.70 dps) ... Chosen a third team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America and first team Academic All-District 8 in 2012 … Selected to All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second-straight season in 2012 … Received Academic Pac-12 honorable mention nods in 2012 … Chosen Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2012 ... Starting libero for the U.S. Junior National Team during the summer of 2011 and was named Best Libero at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship Peru 2011.
Madi Kingdon, Arizona, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kingdon earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 after leading the Wildcats and ranking eighth in the Conference in total kills at 443 (3.96 k/s) … Finished the 2012 season with a .211 hitting percentage to go along with 319 digs (2.85 d/s), 44 blocks and 16 service aces … Also led the squad in points with 486.5 and ranked 10th in the league … In 2011, to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team ... Played in 30 matches with 358 kills as a freshman ... Led Arizona in kills in 17 out of 30 matches she played in 2011 ... Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Oct. 10 2011.
Arica Nassar, Oregon State, Sophomore, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Menifee, Calif.
Played in and started in all 32 matches in 2012, appearing in 117 of a possible 118 sets ... Finished second on the team with 274 kills, an average of 2.34 per set, and led the team with 140 blocks, including 32 solo ... Averaged 1.20 blocks per set ... Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 27 and Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 ... In 2011, named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-11 and Oct. 23-30 ... Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2011.
Lauren Plum, Oregon, Junior, Setter, Poway, Calif.
Plum was named first team All-American and Pac-12 Setter of the Year, leading the nation in assists (13.37 per set) while directing the UO to the nation's top kills per set mark (15.95) … The team's .289 hitting percentage tied the school record and stood ninth nationally ... Led the Ducks to the program's first-ever NCAA title game appearance and a school-best No. 2 national ranking … All-Pac-12 and AVCA All-Pacific Region ... Earned the AVCA National Player of the Week honor in late September ... In 2011, tabbed an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, All-Pac-12 and All-Region nods. In 2010, the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choice led freshmen nationally in assists (11.75 p/s) ... In spring of 2011 was tabbed to USA Volleyball's Junior National Team and A2 National Squad, and helped the former squad place fourth in the World Junior Championships to tie its best-ever placing.
Kelly Reeves, UCLA, Junior, Outside Hitter, San Diego, Calif.
Reeves appeared in all 31 matches and was second on the team with 2.53 digs per set and 20 service aces ... Had 13 double-figure digs matches for the 2012 season and 45 for her career .. Named to the Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention team in both 2011 and 2012 ... All-Pac-12 in 2011 ... Team captain for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team during the Summer of 2011 that placed fourth at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship in Peru … Named to Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention in 2010.
Mick Haley // 13 years at USC; Record at USC: 314-70, .818
Mick Haley is in his 13th season as head coach at USC. He has guided his teams to two national championships (2002 and 2003), six NCAA national semifinal appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011) and 12-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In those 12 years, USC has received a final ranking in the top five, seven times under Haley. He has posted an impressive overall record of 314-70 (.818) while going 173-49 (.779) in Pac-12 Conference matches. In 2011, he was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. In 2003, Haley guided the Trojans to a perfect 35-0 record (only the fourth team to ever accomplish the feat) and was honored as the AVCA Division I Coach of the Year. Prior to arriving at USC, he was a two-time national championship head coach at Texas and four-year United States National Team coach. In his 35 years as a collegiate head coach, Haley boasts a 1,087-258-1 (.808) career record as a women's head coach and an 836-207 (.802) mark in 29 years at the Division I level. He ranks seventh among the NCAA's winningest active coaches according to win percentage (.808) and fourth for all active coaches by victories (836). His tremendous career includes four NCAA Division I women's national championships and six overall junior college national titles.
Jen Greeny // Two years at Washington State; Record at WSU: 25-29, .463
Jen Greeny became the 12th coach in the history of the Cougars volleyball program in March 2011. She has compiled a two-year record of 25-29 at WSU and has a six-year career record of 137-63 (.685). She played and coached at WSU during the program's most successful years on the Palouse and when hired Greeny made a commitment to not only restore the program but to take it to the next level of success. To that end, she and her staff hit the recruiting trail at full speed and the incoming freshman class of 2013 is an outstanding one with three prep All-Americans and a Gatorade State Player of the Year. In her first season as the head coach at WSU, Greeny's team doubled the total number of wins from the previous season, including four more wins in the elite Pac-12 Conference action. Prior to arriving at WSU, Greeny was head coach at Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, Idaho) from 2007-10. She accumulated an impressive 112-24 record and .824 winning percentage while turning the Warriors' program into one of the premier NAIA teams nationally. Greeny was named the Frontier Conference Coach of the Year for four consecutive years, and the AVCA's Northwest Region Coach of the Year, for four straight seasons. As a player, Greeny was the seventh player in school history with 1,000 career kills and was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. She was a CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America first-team and second-team selection her final two years, and was a Pac-10 Volleyball All-Academic selection three times.
Beth Launiere // 23 years at Utah; Career Record: 450-277, .619
In her 23rd year, Beth Launiere has sculpted the Utes into a top-25 power. The Utes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times, won six Mountain West Conference titles (regular season and tournament combined) and have recorded 13, 20-win seasons. She has been named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 2008 when she guided the Utes to the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament Regional semifinal. She was the Mountain West Conference's Coach of the Year three times, as well. In 2006, Utah won a school-record 28 matches, including a school-record 25 straight. She has guided seven Utes to All-America honors while 11 have garnered all-region accolades. Launiere's accomplishments earned her the opportunity to coach for USA Volleyball during each summer from 2009 through 2011. Her impact on the sport goes well beyond the court serving as the AVCA President during the 2009 calendar year and as the President-Elect in 2008. She has also been a member of the AVCA Board of Directors since 2004 and served a three-year term as the Division I Volleyball Coaches Representative from 2005 to 2007 after being a part of the AVCA's All-America Committee for five years.