Women's Volleyball
    Samantha Bricio Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

    Freshman OH Samantha Bricio

    Aug. 27, 2012

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC women's volleyball freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Week for the opening week of the 2012 season. She is the first-ever Trojan recipient of the Freshman of the Week award since its inception last year. Oregon's Alaina Bergsma was voted Offensive Player of the Week and Oregon State's Arica Nassar was selected Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

    Bricio, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, helped the Women of Troy to three victories at the Texas A&M Invitational over the weekend. In her collegiate debut, she posted seven kills with a .278 hitting percentage and added eight digs to help the squad to a 3-0 win over North Dakota. She posted a double-double in the final match of the weekend against Texas State. She had 16 kills and 10 digs, while recording a .419 hitting percentage. She also helped USC come from behind for a 3-1 win over host Texas A&M. For her efforts, Bricio was voted to the all-tournament team as the Most Valuable Player.

    Bricio's recognition this week is the first-ever for a USC freshman since the conference began awarding a Freshman of the Week certificate. It is USC's 48th weekly honor overall.

    Weekly awards have been selected every week of the season since the Pac-12 began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. It is the second year the Pac-12 has announced an offensive, defensive, and rookie honoree.

    The Ducks, Beavers and Trojans return to action this weekend. Oregon heads back to the state of Ohio for the Ohio University Tournament on Aug. 31-Sept. 2. OSU travels to the Redbird Classic hosted by Illinois State. USC hosts the first-ever live-broadcasted women's volleyball match on the Pac-12 Networks when it takes on the Jiangsu Chinese Team on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The exhibition match is one of 82 live broadcasts of Pac-12