Bricio Named Volleyball Magazine Freshman of the Year
Jan. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES - USC women's volleyball freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio was selected as Volleyball Magazine's 2012 NCAA Freshman of the Year. With the top first-year honor in hand, Bricio was also chosen to the publication's All-America third team. Junior libero Natalie Hagglund was selected for first-team All-America honors to go with her second consecutive AVCA first-team All-America nod. Bricio was an AVCA All-America honorable mention.
Bricio completed her first year on campus as the AVCA Pacific Region's Freshman of the Year and was named to the All-Region team. She was chosen as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was on the All-Pac-12 team as well as the conference's all-freshman team.
The Guadalajara native played for Mexico's Senior National Team before she joined the Trojans, last fall, and was the youngest player ever to be a member of the Mexican National Team when she joined at the young age of 15. In 2010, she helped propel her team at the Central American and Caribbean Games, where she led the team in points and was awarded Best Scorer and Best Server honors.
Bricio led the Trojans in kills per set with 4.06 kps and service aces per set with 0.36 saps. In early October, she became the first true freshman to be named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after a thrilling two matches against Arizona (22 kills, 11 digs, and hitting .475) and Arizona State (24 kills, 16 digs, and hitting .317). She also received Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors five times, this season.
Hagglund was named Pac-12 Libero of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and became the only player in the Pac-12 to tally over 40 digs in a single match when she collected 44 in the match against Stanford. The 2011 AVCA and VBM First-Team All-American was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week three times, this year.
The Encinitas, Calif., native was a Pac-12 All-Conference selection, and an AVCA All-Pacific Region selection. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and conference All-Academic honorable mention status. She was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team selection and was honored with all-tournament honors in each of USC's pre-conference tournaments.
Hagglund completed her junior season with 613 digs (5.02 dps) to become just the second player in program history to record at least 600 digs in a single season. She now owns three of the top nine single-season digs performances in USC history (596 in 2011, and 497 in 2010). Her 1,706 career digs propelled her into second place at USC behind just Debora Seilhamer (2,071 digs; 2003-06) with an entire season ahead of her.