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March 8, 2017
The two-time defending national champion USC beach volleyball team welcomes five newcomers to Troy for the 2017 season. Get to know our new spring transfer in this Q&A.
Name: Brianna Sizemore
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
High School: Carlsbad HS
Head Coach Anna Collier on Brianna:
"Brianna is one of the most exciting up and comers in the sport of beach volleyball. A relative newcomer to the sand, she garnered the attention of every beach program in the country with her dominating net play while at Mira Costa College. With her frame and coachable demeanor, she will be an immediate contributor to our squad next year."
Q: You're a late bloomer when it comes to the sport of volleyball. Tell us about how you got your start and how you ended up at USC.
BS: Well when I was in high school, I never played any sports. I only started indoor volleyball when I was 17, which is pretty late compared to others at this level, but I grew to like it and wanted to keep playing. Coming out of high school, I played at Mira Costa College for two years and then played one season of indoor at Point Loma Nazarene University (DII) in San Diego last fall before transferring here this semester.
As for starting beach, it was all very new. Volleyball in general was pretty new, but beach was very, very new to me. At MCC during my freshman year, there happened to be an indoor program and a beach program and most players did both, so that was my first time ever playing beach. Then in my sophomore year, my beach game really went up from there and I started liking it way more. I had already committed to Point Loma for the fall though, so after that one season of indoor at PLNU, I committed here to USC.
Q: What about USC set it apart from some of the other schools that you were looking at?
BS: I really liked Anna, first of all. She's not too serious and I liked how we connected. Then when I came on my visit, I really liked everything the school had to offer us, especially academically. When I went to the McKay Center for the first time, it was like a whole separate world for athletes, which I thought was really cool. Then I met our strength and conditioning coach and saw the weight room and thought, "Wow, this is so cool. I want to train like they do."
Q: Now that you're finally here, what can you say about your decision and what are your current plans for this season?
BS: I know it sounds so cliché, but the fact that I'm here is so crazy to me. It still hasn't hit me yet, it's been such a dream of mine. Even before I came here, I would always record USC matches on my TV so it's kind of like, if there was a school that I could go to, it would be USC. It's all I expected and more and I can't imagine being anywhere else.
This season, I'm going to be redshirting. I'll have two full seasons of eligibility to play and I'm actually pretty happy because I think I need the break. I just got done with my indoor season, dealing with traveling and all of that, plus we have five seniors who are playing basically on the top three courts, so Anna told me that if I redshirt and just train hard, I have the chance to compete for a top pair next year. I also wanted the training, which is why I came a semester early instead of coming next fall, so it was really a no-brainer for me.
Q: How do you plan on contributing to the success of the team as a redshirt?
BS: First, I really hope to challenge people during practice. I know that's something that Anna is looking to get from me. She wants me to challenge the team, give them some good competition every day in practice, and push them as hard as I can. I also want to be their moral support, cheering for them all the time and helping them out. As much as I can do as a redshirt, I will try my hardest to do to help the team.
Q: Lastly, is there something interesting or unique about you that fans might not know about?
BS: Yes! So my mom actually had two sets of twins: I'm a twin and my two older brothers are also twins. My sister Morgan and I are fraternal, we're the same height and she even played volleyball with me at MCC. My two brothers, Tommy and Gregory, are 23 and they're fraternal as well. They're also both 6-10, but they don't really play sports, so in a way you could say that I'm the most athletic in the family because I'm the only one who still plays. (Laughs)
DIGGING DEEP w/ Bri:
Favorite Food: Cheese fries
Go-To Snack: Chips
Pizza Topping: Supreme
TV/Netflix Show: Stranger Things
Pro Sports Team: Chicago Bears
Musical Artist: Drake
Celebrity Crush: Ryan Reynolds
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
Instagram or Snapchat: Instagram
What's more essential: sunscreen, sunglasses, or a visor? Oh gosh, I'm the only one at practice that doesn't wear any of those...but let's just say sunscreen.
What's better: a game-winning ace, kill, or block? Game-winning kill. Absolutely.
What's worse: a bad sunglasses tan or a bad spandex tan? Bad sunglasses tan
Dream Beach Partnership: Sara Hughes
If I could be on one reality show, it would be: A reality show about myself would be pretty cool...or maybe The Bachelor.
If I could play another sport at USC, it would be: Indoor volleyball
Favorite Thing about USC: The campus
Favorite Spot on Campus: I spend most of my time in McKay, so I'll say that.
Dream Job/Career: Anything that deals with helping or working with kids.
Catch Bri and the rest of the Women of Troy at Merle Norman Stadium this Friday (March 10) when they host an international exhibition against pairs from Poland, China, and Team USA beginning at 11 a.m. The exhibition is free to the public. For more information on the USC beach volleyball team and a complete 2017 schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat.