Samantha Bricio Named Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year|
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Dec. 21, 2015
LOS ANGELES -- USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) was named Volleyball Magazine's 2015 National Player of the Year on Monday, Dec. 21. The three-time All-American adds this laurel on top of her selection as the 2015 AVCA National Player of the Year, the espnW National Player of the Year, and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Bricio will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in psychology from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
On the same day, Bricio was also named one of four finalists for the coveted Honda Sport Award presented by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). She will appear on the ballot with Wisconsin junior setter Lauren Carlini, Minnesota senior outside hitter Daly Santana, and Penn State middle blocker Haley Washington.
Bricio is the third player in school history to be chosen as Volleyball Magazine's Player of the Year. She joins Paula Weishoff (1980) and Alex Jupiter (2011) on the exclusive list. Bricio was also the magazine's Freshman of the Year in 2012 and is the only player in program history to win both freshman and player of the year from the publication. She also repeats as a VB Magazine first-team All-American from 2013 following an absence in 2014.
USC women's athletes have won the Honda Award 15 times including three times by volleyball players: Debbie Green (1977-78), April Ross (2003-04), and Jupiter (2011-12). The last Trojan woman to garner the award was golfer Annie Park (2012-13). USC has also had two winners of the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year across all sports: Cheryl Miller (1983-84) from basketball and Angela Williams (2001-02) from track and field.
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". The winner of the sport award 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. The four nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and will be voted on by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
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 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.
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 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. Bricio is the third player to earn National Player of the Year honors under the tutelage of Haley.
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