Samantha Bricio Chosen as espnW National Player of the Year

    USC senior OH Samantha Bricio was named the espnW National Player of the Year.

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    espnW Announcement and Article by Vicki L. Friedman

    Dec. 2, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. -- USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named the espnW Women's Volleyball National Player of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 2. She was also chosen as the Pac-12 Player of the Year earlier this week.

    Bricio (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) is the first Trojan to receive the honor from espnW, and is among just three Women of Troy who have received the title National Player of the Year from various organizations and publications. Alex Jupiter was named both the AVCA National Player of the Year and the Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year in 2011. Paula Weishoff was the magazine's National Player of the Year in 1980.

    Jupiter, April Ross, and Bricio are the only three Trojans in school history to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Year (Jupiter, 2011; Ross, 2003). Bricio and Ross are the only two Women of Troy ever to be named both the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and then later Player of the Year in their careers. Bricio and Ross are also the only two Trojans ever to receive All-Pac-12 notice four times in their careers. Bricio is the 18th player in league history to be named to the all-conference team four times.

    Bricio was chosen for Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week a league-record six times this season. Her nine career selections for the award are second most in conference history. She was named the espnW National Player of the Week (Sept. 30) and the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (Nov. 10) and became USC's career leader in attacks, kills, service aces, and points. She currently leads the nation in points (6.18 pps) and service aces (0.73 saps).

    The No. 2-ranked Trojans (30-2) received the No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship and will host Horizon League champion Cleveland State (26-6) at Galen Center in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. PT. The Pac-12 co-champion Women of Troy make their 25th consecutive appearance in the NCAA's championship tournament; the program's 33rd overall.

    Since the NCAA expanded to a field of 64 teams in 1998, the Trojans have advanced to 10 regional championship matches, seven national semifinals (final four), and two national finals (both victories). Including the pair of NCAA title runs, USC is 43-12 in NCAA tournament matches under the direction of Haley.

    To purchase tickets for first- and second-round matches, please visit GetTrojanTix.com or call (213) 740-GOSC. For more information on the USC women's volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCWomensVolley on Periscope, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.