Samantha Bricio Chosen for Prestigious Honda Sports Award

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    Official CWSA Website News Release

    Jan. 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES -- USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) was named the Honda Sport Award winner for women's volleyball on Wednesday (Jan. 6) as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). She is the fourth Trojan volleyball player to win the coveted award (the third under head coach Mick Haley in the last 12 years) and now ranks with Debbie Green (1977-78), April Ross (2003-04), and Alex Jupiter (2011-12).

    The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 40 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". With this honor, Bricio becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup, which will be presented on a live telecast on June 27, 2016, in the Founders' Room at the Galen Center on the campus of USC.

    Including Bricio, USC women's athletes have won the Honda Award 16 times. Bricio follows golfer Annie Park who won the award in 2012-13. USC has also had two winners of the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year: Cheryl Miller (1983-84) from basketball and Angela Williams (2001-02) from track and field.

    Bricio was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Other finalists included Lauren Carlini (Wisconsin), Daly Santana (Minnesota), and Haleigh Washington (Penn State).

    "This is such a huge honor, and I am so thankful for it," said Bricio. "Especially because there are so many other amazing players out there. It means a lot to be chosen from among so many great athletes. I am especially grateful to my amazing teammates and coaching staff. I could not have done it without them."

    Bricio is the 2015 AVCA Player of the Year and a three-time AVCA All-American after earning first-team honors this season. She was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, espnW, Volleyball Magazine, PrepVolleyball.com, and HERO Sports' National Player of the Year.

    This season, she led the nation in points (803.0), points per set (6.18), service aces (89), and aces per set (0.68). Bricio holds four career records at USC: kills (2,095), attacks (5,499), service aces (301), and points (2,546.5). She is the Pac-12 record holder for aces, is fifth in league history for kills, and third for attacks. She set a single-season league-record with six Pac-12 Player of the Week awards and finished with nine total (second in league history). Bricio will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in psychology from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

    "We are extremely proud of Samantha and we think this is truly well-deserved," said Haley. "Sam is an example of what happens to young athletes that come to USC, buy into the system, and put in the hard work it takes to become great at her sport. Her journey has been long and arduous but it certainly has been both fun and exciting to watch her grow. For Samantha to arrive here, and hardly speak English, and then to become our team captain, the national Player of the Year, and now the Honda Award winner is a testament to her hard work, focus on the game, and the strength of her team."

    Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year. Five Honda Sport Award winners for volleyball have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup: Megan Hodge (Penn State, 2010), Sarah Pavan (Nebraska, 2007), Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford, 2005), Misty May (Long Beach State, 1999), and Deitre Collins (Hawaii, 1983).

    The CWSA, celebrating its 40th year, has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence, and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship thirty years ago in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.

    The Women of Troy claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with an 18-2 mark in league matches and received the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Haley was named the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and added the award to his Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year selections. He led the Trojans to a 33-3 overall record with a fifth appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match in six years.

    For more information on the USC women's volleyball team and a complete schedule of results, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCWomensVolley on Periscope, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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