Bricio, Haley, and Johnson Highlight USC's AVCA Pacific South Region Awards|
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Dec. 8, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2015 All-Region award winners on Tuesday, Dec.8, which included five USC women's volleyball student-athletes and head coach Mick Haley who was selected as the Pacific South Region Coach of the Year. Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was chosen for all-region honors for the fourth time in her career and freshman setter Baylee Johnson was named the Pacific South Region's Freshman of the Year.
Junior libero Taylor Whittingham received Pacific South All-Region team honors for the second time in her career and was joined on the team by senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms, who received her first-career award. Johnson and sophomore opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie were each honorable mention selections to the all-region team. All five USC student-athletes are now eligible for selection to the AVCA's All-America teams to be announced on Dec. 16.
Bricio was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year last week and becomes just the third Trojan to receive AVCA all-region honors four times in her career to join April Ross (2000-03) and Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98). Bricio, like Ross, was also named regional freshman of the year in her career.
Haley receives his second Region Coach of the Year award with USC (2011) and his fifth-career honor (1989, 1990, 1993 with Teas). He was also named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after guiding the Women of Troy to their second conference title in five seasons. The Trojans are in the NCAA's regional semifinal for the 13th time in program history.
Ogoms was also a Pac-12 All-Conference selection and leads the league in blocks (1.44 bps). She set new match-high marks in all statistical categories, was chosen as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27), and was named to the all-tournament team in each of USC's three pre-conference tournaments. Whittingham was a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention but was on the Pacific South all-region team last season as well and received All-America honorable mention as a sophomore.
Johnson was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and received all-conference honorable mention. She arrived at USC in the spring and has served as a six-rotation setter-hitter for the Trojans. She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Nov. 23 and averages 7.10 kps (ninth in the league). Johnson delivers a complete match with 0.50 bps, 2.62 dps, and just under a kill per set at 0.88 kps. She produced a double-double in her first collegiate match and leads USC with 17 double-doubles this season.
Abercrombie was a Pac-12 All-Conference selection for the first time in her career and has been a consistent offensive threat for the Women of Troy. She was chosen to the Baden Invitational all-tournament team and produced career numbers in matches throughout the season. As one of the top right-side hitters in the Pac-12, Abercrombie posted 2.43 kills per set and a .286 hitting percentage this year and 0.64 blocks per set.
The No. 2-ranked Trojans (32-2) received the No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship and have advanced to the program's 13th all-time regional semifinal. The Trojans will face 16th-seeded Creighton (27-8) in the San Diego Regional semifinal on Friday (Dec. 11) at 8 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
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