Bricio Set for China Voyage with Pac-12 All-Stars|
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June 13, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC women's volleyball junior All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio will join the Pac-12 All-Star Team for its summer China trip, the conference announced on June 11. It is the league's second such international foray. Last year, the Women of Troy were represented on the squad by head coach Mick Haley, All-American libero Natalie Hagglund, and senior setter Hayley Crone.
Oregon head coach Jim Moore, a three-time National Coach of the Year who is entering his 10th season with the Ducks, will coach the 2014 Pac-12 All-Stars. The summer all-star team will play seven matches over two weeks in Sanming and Beijing. The team will practice in Los Angeles before arriving in Shanghai, China, on June 17, spend the day sightseeing, then travel to Sanming. Pac-12 student-athletes will face off against the professional team from Fujian Province and the Chinese Junior National Team in Sanming from June 18-21, and play the professional team from Beijing and the Chinese Junior National Team again in Beijing from June 24-26. The team will return to the United States on June 27.
In addition to the matches, the student-athletes will enjoy cultural and sightseeing visits in China. Highlights include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Silk Market.
The all-star team was selected by the coaching staff and Pac-12 liaison and includes three freshmen, six sophomores and three juniors. In total, 11 of the 12 universities in the conference are represented. The team features one libero, two setters, three middle blockers and six outside hitters. Five of the student-athletes traveling to China were voted All-Pac-12 this year, as well as three who received AVCA All-America honors. Joining the team on the coaching staff are Oregon assistant coach Stacy Metro and Arizona assistant coach Charita Stubbs.
The student-athletes on the tour represent Pac-12 teams that have distinguished the conference with 14 NCAA titles, the most of any conference. In 2013, the Pac-12 saw a record nine teams in the NCAA Tournament with Washington advancing to the national semifinals, marking the fourth-consecutive year and 30th overall that a league team has played in the semifinal round. Over the course of the year, eight of the 12 league squads earned top-25 rankings at least once, while two different teams earned a No. 1 national ranking (USC and Washington).
The other 11 players on the squad are Emmy Allen (Washington State, Fr., OH); Amanda Benson (Oregon, Fr., L); Madi Bugg (Stanford, So., S); Whitney Follette (Arizona State, So., MB); Brittany Howard (Stanford, So., OH); Karsta Lowe (UCLA, Jr., OH); Chelsey Schofield (Utah, Jr., OH); Lillian Schonewise (California, So., MB); Taylor Simpson (Colorado, Jr., OH); Penina Snuka (Arizona, Fr., S); and Melanie Wade (Washington, So., MB).
For the first time, fans can follow the Pac-12 globalization initiative on Chinese social media, including Weibo (http://www.weibo.com/pac12) - the Chinese equivalent of Twitter - and Renren (http://page.renren.com/pac12), the equivalent of Facebook. Daily updates will be posted on the accounts as well as upcoming Pac-12 events in China. For more information and updates in English on the trip, follow @pac12 on Twitter and www.pac-12.com.
The team is a part of the Pac-12's Globalization Initiative, an unprecedented effort to promote goodwill and showcase the conference and its member institutions in China through student-athlete exchanges and sport. Since launching the initiative in 2011, the Pac-12 has sent men's (UCLA and ASU) and women's basketball teams (California), last year's women's all-star volleyball team, and a delegation of men's basketball coaches to China for competitive exhibitions and clinics. Later this summer, the Pac-12 will send an all-star men's basketball team to play a series of games in China.
As a sophomore in 2013, Bricio was named to the AVCA's All-America second team and the Volleyball Magazine All-America first team. She repeated her 2012 selections to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team and the AVCA Pacific South All-Region Team and was honored as the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 4. She was also chosen as the tournament MVP in two of USC's pre-conference tourneys: the Mortar Board Premier and the Marquette Challenge. Bricio set a new USC single-season record for service aces and finished with 85 in 2013. That mark also found itself among elite company as the third-highest in Pac-12 history with records that were set more than 26 years ago. She had 13 matches in which she served at least three aces and was held without an ace in only three matches out of 35. Bricio led the nation in service aces (0.70 saps) and finished the year ranked eighth in the Pac-12 for points at 4.49 pps.
2014 PAC-12 ALL-STAR TEAM ROSTER
Head Coach: Jim Moore, Oregon