Bricio named AVCA Pacific Region freshman of the year

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its annual regional awards and 10 from the Pac-12 were selected to the 14-player All-Pacific Region team, arguably the most competitive region. In addition, USC's Samantha Bricio was named the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year.

An outside hitter, Samantha Bricio (Guadalajara, Mexico) was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was one of five freshman in the league to be named to the All-Pac-12 team. She leads the Conference with 0.35 service aces per set, and ranks fourth in kills (4.10) and points (4.64) per set. She has led the Trojans to the NCAA Regional semifinals in Austin where they will face Wichita State on Friday.

Both OREGON and USC had three players each named to the all-region squad, tying for the most. STANFORD placed two players on the team, while UCLA and WASHINGTON each had one. Pac-12 Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma from Oregon headlines the team. Joining her are Duck teammates Lauren Plum, the Pac-12 Setter of the Year, and Liz Brenner.

In addition to Bricio, two-time Pac-12 Libero of the Year Natalie Hagglund and Katie Fuller were named to the all-region team. Stanford's Inky Ajanaku and Carly Wopat, the Huskies Krista Vansant and UCLA's Tabi Love all appear on the All-Pacific Region team.

Three more from the Pac-12 were honorable mention: Haley Jacob of Oregon; Rachael Kidder of UCLA; and Kylin Muñoz of Washington.

Stanford, Oregon, USC and Washington have all advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals which begin on Friday, Dec. 7. All the matches will be streamed on ESPN3.com. If Pac-12 teams advance, the regional finals are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8. All regional finals will be televised on ESPNU.

For more information on the AVCA and its awards, visit avca.org.

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