Samantha Bricio Receives AVCA All-America Second Team Honors|
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Dec. 17, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - USC women's volleyball junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America second team on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Bricio takes home her second-career All-America honor, the 71st for the Women of Troy. Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham was chosen for honorable mention status after receiving AVCA all-region distinction last week.
Awards will be presented on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Oklahoma City, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet, which is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Convention. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 19 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.
University of Texas outside hitter Haley Eckerman led this year's class earning AVCA All-America honors all four years; just the 26th player in AVCA history to garner four All-America awards in four years. Penn State's Micha Hancock and Washington's Krista Vansant each earned their third awards. In total, 13 players including Bricio were repeat selections. Bricio and Vansant are two of 14 players from the Pac-12 to receive All-America distinction this year.
Selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; East Region: Mike Johnson, Xavier; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Reed Sunahara, Buffalo; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, Colorado; South Region: Matt Peck, Middle Tennessee State; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma.
Bricio led the Pac-12 and was second in the nation in service aces (84) and aces per set (0.70 saps). She became both the USC and Pac-12 career leader for aces in a match against California (Nov. 14) and now has 211 career service aces. Bricio is USC's leading scorer (5.23 pps), which ranks fourth in the Pac-12. She also ranked sixth in the league with 4.28 kills per set. Bricio was also a 2013 second-team All-American and received honorable mention status in 2012 as a freshman.
Whittingham was the league's leader in digs (4.97 dps) in 2014 and received the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award on Dec. 1. She posted 27 matches in double digits for digs including a team-best 14 outings over the 20-dig plateau. Whittingham reached new career marks this season with two 30-dig matches (31 at California, Oct. 22; 33 at Arizona, Nov. 26) and was also a Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention.
The Women of Troy (16-16, 8-12 Pac-12) finished 10th in the conference, but were selected to the program's 24th straight NCAA tournament (32nd all-time). USC defeated Coastal Carolina the first round but fell to site host No. 7 North Carolina in the second round in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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