Bricio and Ogoms Receive AVCA All-America Honors|
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Dec. 16, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 35th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women's volleyball on Wednesday, Dec. 16. USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio (first team) and senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms (second team) were each selected for awards while junior libero Taylor Whittingham received honorable mention status.
The awards will be presented on Friday, Dec. 18, in Omaha, Neb. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention and the 2015 NCAA Championship.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. This marks the first year all players representing the Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee (previously, players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn't make one of the three teams). The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. Additionally, Stanford's Hayley Hodson takes home the AVCA Freshman of the Year award.
Bricio is the seventh USC player to receive AVCA All-America honors three times in her career and makes her first appearance on the first team. She was a second-team selection in 2013 and 2014 and received honorable mention as a freshman in 2012. Bricio's first-team selection is USC's 46th all-time first-team certificate (including non-AVCA All-Americans). Ogoms receives her first-career All-America honor and becomes the 39th USC volleyball All-American. Combined, Bricio and Ogoms bring home USC's 72nd and 73rd all-time All-America honors.
Bricio was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and became 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). She is the espnW National Player of the Year and has led the nation in points (803.0), points per set (6.18 pps), services aces (89), and aces per set (0.68 saps) all season. She completes her time at USC as the program's career record holder for kills (2,095), attacks (5,499), service aces (301), and points (2,546.5); fifth in Pac-12 history for kills and third for attacks. This season, she set new single-season USC records for kills (668), attacks (1,615), aces (89), and points (803.0). Bricio was named Pac-12 All-Conference for the fourth time in her career (18th player in league history) and was chosen for a league-record six Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. Her nine career weekly awards are second best in Pac-12 history.
Ogoms received her first-career Pac-12 All-Conference and AVCA All-Region Team selections this season. She also received her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor and was chosen to all three of USC's pre-conference all-tournament teams. Ogoms set new personal marks in all statistical categories this season including 15 kills (at Colorado, Oct. 9) and 11 blocks (at Washington State, Nov. 1); and produced a new USC single-season record for blocks (183). She finishes her career in 11th on the program's career blocks ladder (381). Ogoms led the Pac-12 in blocks and blocks per set (1.44 bps), and was second in hitting percentage (.413) with a career-high 255 kills (49e, 499att).
Whittingham receives her second AVCA All-America honorable mention (2014) following her second season leading the Pac-12 in digs (611) and digs per set (4.70 dps). She was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week once, received all-conference honorable mention, and was chosen to the AVCA All-Region Team for the second time in as many years.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; South Region: Karen Weatherington, UNC Charlotte; East Region: Alma Kovaci, Army; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Ryan Baker, Colgate; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, Colorado; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Jill Kramer, TCU.
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. Head coach Mick Haley was named the Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year and led the Trojans to a 33-3 overall record with a fifth appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match in six years.
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