USC volleyball standout Samantha Bricio today was named the 2015 AVCA National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
A first-team AVCA All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bricio now receives the single highest honor for a volleyball student-athlete to complete her four-year career with the Women of Troy.
The coveted award was presented to Bricio at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Omaha, Neb., as part of the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.
Bricio is USC’s second National Player of the Year award winner and joins Alex Jupiter, the AVCA 2011 National Player of the Year who, like Bricio, was also a three-time All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Bricio, from Guadalajara, Mexico, is the seventh USC player to receive AVCA All-America honors three times in her career and was a four-time AVCA Pacific South all-region selection. She is the third Trojan to receive all-region honors four times and joins April Ross (2000-03) and Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98). This season, she led the nation in points (803.0), points per set (6.18 pps), service aces (89) and aces per set (0.68 saps).
Bricio will graduate in May with a degree in psychology from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
The Women of Troy claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with an 18-2 mark in league matches and received the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Head coach Mick Haley was named the Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year and led the Trojans to a 33-3 overall record with a fifth appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match in six years.