Pac-12 volleyball places four on 2013 Senior CLASS Award watch list

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four members of Pac-12 volleyball’s senior roster were named as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced today. Natalie Hagglund of USC, Lauren Plum of OREGON, Kelly Reeves of UCLA and Carly Wopat of STANFORD all represented the Pac-12 on the watch list. The Conference’s four total candidates tied the Big Ten and Big 12 for most student-athletes out of the 30 total candidates.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. 

Hagglund, USC’s first-ever All-American libero, is a two-time first team AVCA All-American and Pac-12 Libero of the Year. A three-year starter for the Lady Trojans, her 613 digs last year is third in USC’s single season record books, and she currently stands at second all-time in career digs (1,706) and digs per set (4.70). In addition to her other honors, Hagglund has twice received honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 nods and was a 2012 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America third team selection. 

Lauren Plum has been the Ducks’ go-to setter for the past three years, leading the nation in assists per set (13.36) throughout her junior season while leading Oregon to its first NCAA finals appearance. Plum accumulated multiple honors after her outstanding 2012 campaign, including first-team AVCA All-America, All-Pac-12, All-Pacific Region and Pac-12 Setter of the Year nods. Academically, she earned Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mentions the past two years and serves on Oregon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 

Reeves has served as a consistent starter since her freshman year and has anchored the Bruins both on and off the court. She enters 2013 175 digs shy of a career total of 1,000 after a 2012 season where she recorded 2.53 digs per set and 20 service aces. Reeves was a part of the inaugural UCLA sand volleyball team that advanced to the AVCA Nationals. A team captain since her sophomore year, Reeves has earned Academic All-Pac-12 honors the past two years and has been on the UCLA Athletic Director Honor Roll for each the last four quarters. 

A two-time first team All-American, Carly Wopat enters her senior campaign as a key leader for the Cardinal. She has already left her mark at Stanford as her career hitting percentage (.379) and total blocks (458) rank second and eighth respectively. Last year, Wopat’s 1.45 blocks per set ranked third in the Pac-12 and 16th nationally, earning All-Pac-12 nods twice. Wopat is a human biology major with an area of emphasis in human performance and behavior. 

The 2013 volleyball season starts Friday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. For the second-straight year, Pac-12 volleyball will receive unprecedented broadcast coverage as 90 matches will be televised on the Pac-12 networks and three more on ESPNU. 

For more information on the Senior CLASS Award and the full list of candidates, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.

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