Samantha Bricio Named AVCA National Player of the Year|
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Dec. 18, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. -- USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) was named the 2015 AVCA National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Friday, Dec. 18. A first-team AVCA All-American, the espnW National Player of the Year, and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bricio now receives the single highest honor for a volleyball student-athlete to complete her illustrious four-year career with the Women of Troy.
The coveted award was presented to Bricio this morning at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet, which was held in Omaha, Neb., as part of the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention. Bricio is USC's second National Player of the Year award winner and joins Alex Jupiter (2011) who, like Bricio, was also a three-time All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Bricio is the fifth Pac-12 player to win the AVCA's National Player of the Year award in the last six years. Her honor makes USC only the second league school to have multiple national awards behind Stanford's eight.
Bricio is the seventh USC player to receive AVCA All-America honors three times in her career and was a four-time AVCA Pacific South all-region selection. She is the third Trojan to receive all-region honors four times and joins April Ross (2000-03) and Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98). This season, she led the nation in points (803.0), points per set (6.18 pps), service aces (89), and aces per set (0.68 saps). Bricio is USC's career record holder for 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.
This year, Bricio 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. She was also named the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week (Nov. 10) for the second time in her career.
Bricio will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in psychology from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
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. Bricio is the third player to earn National Player of the Year honors under the tutelage of Haley.
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