Bricio and Albarado Earn Student-Athlete of the Week Honors

    USC punter Kris Albarado

    Sept. 23, 2013

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    LOS ANGELES- Women's volleyball outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named USC Women's Student-Athlete of the Week, while Kris Albarado of football earned Men's Student-Athlete of the Week honors for September 16-22.

    USC WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Samantha Bricio, Women's Volleyball Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio led the Trojans to a pair of 3-0 wins over UCI and Cal State Fullerton in their first two home matches of the season. She led USC in scoring in each match with 12.5 points against the Anteaters and 15.0 against the Titans. Over the two matches, she posted 21 kills (3.50 kps) and hit .293 while adding five aces, and two blocks for 4.58 points per set. She also had 14 digs for an outstanding dig-to-kill ratio. She had nine kills (3e, 24att, .250) with seven digs against UC Irvine, and came back with 12 kills (1e, 34att, .324) against CSUF to go with three aces. It was the fourth time in 11 matches that she has recorded at least three aces in a match, this season. Overall she has put up 3.14 kills per set and leads the Pac-12 with 26 service aces at 0.70 service aces per game.

    USC MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kris Albarado, Football Redshirt sophomore punter Kris Albarado was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Utah State over the weekend. Thanks in large part to Albarado's pinpoint punting, Utah State's average starting field position was its own 21-yard line and the Aggies were only able to advance far enough to penetrate USC territory on seven of 13 drives. Five of Albarado's seven punts pinned the Aggies within the 20-yard line, including two inside the five-yard line. He averaged 35.4 yards on his placement punts. Overall on the year, the Lake Charles, La., native is averaging 40.3 yards on 23 kicks, with more than half (12) pinning opponents within the 20. He has had a pair of punts travel over 50 yards, including a best of 64 yards.