USC's Hagglund, Stanford's Wopat named Senior CLASS All-Americans
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC’s Natalie Hagglund and STANFORD’s Carly Wopat were named first team Senior CLASS All-Americans, it was announced today. The All-America teams are announced annually and chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national media and fans, and given to the most outstanding senior student-athletes in Division I volleyball.
Senior libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American earlier this year. A three-time Pac-12 Libero of the Year, she was also recently named a first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the third year in a row. Hagglund led the Trojans to a fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament regional final appearance and a Pac-12 title in 2011, leading the Pac-12 with a 5.33 digs per set this season, also ranking 17th in the category. Hagglund concludes her career as the Trojans’ all-time career digs leader with 2,362 and ranks third all-time in Pac-12 history.
Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led the Pac-12 and ranked 13th nationally with 1.43 blocks per set. She was a three-time all-Conference pick, leading the Cardinal to a Pac-12 title in 2012 and a share in 2010. Wopat was recently named an AVCA All-American for the second year in a row.
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 – classroom, community, character and competition. 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.