Hagglund, Wopat named Senior CLASS Award finalists
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC libero Natalie Hagglund and STANFORD middle blocker Carly Wopat are two of 10 volleyball student-athletes named as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced on Thursday.
Hagglund, a senior from Encinitas, Calif., has served as one of USC’s team captains for the past two years and just last night became the all-time career leader in digs for the Trojans with a career total of 2,095. She was USC’s first-ever All-American libero in 2011, earning first-team honors twice, as well as taking home Pac-12 Libero of the Year honors twice. Majoring in communications, Hagglund has twice received honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 and was a 2012 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America third-team selection. She is set to graduate in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in occupational therapy. Hagglund is heavily involved in community service, including fundraising efforts, children’s hospital visits, and surf instructing.
Wopat is a human biology major at Stanford with an area of emphasis in human performance and behavior. Hailing from Santa Barbara, Calif., the senior is a two-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-American, a two-time AVCA All-Pacific Region selection and a two-time All-Pac-12 member. She earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and is a three-time Pac-12 Player of the Week selection. Her career hitting percentage (.379) ranks second all-time at Stanford and is eighth all-time in blocks (458) entering her senior year. Throughout her time at Stanford, Wopat has been involved with several different community outreach events and has worked several Stanford camps and Super Spiker clinics.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 9. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner, which will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
2013 Volleyball Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Jennifer Cross, Michigan; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Emily Hartong, Hawaii, Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas; Chloe Mann, Florida; Ashley Potts, Western Kentucky; Ariel Scott, Penn State; Bailey Webster, Texas; Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State, Carly Wopat, Stanford.
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