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USC's Brooke Botkin and Mia Tuaniga Tabbed for AVCA Regional Honors

Dec 7, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. – USC women's volleyball outside hitter Brooke Botkin (Houston, Texas/Pearland HS) was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific South Region Team for the second time in her career and setter Mia Tuaniga (Long Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) was chosen as the region's Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Botkin collects the Trojans' 66th all-time all-region award. She was also a member of the Pacific South's all-region team in 2018 as a sophomore and received honorable mention in the shortened 2020-21 season. Tuaniga earns the program's seventh regional Freshman of the Year honor and is the first since Baylee Johnson received the award in 2015. She joins a list that also includes All-Americans Ebony Nwanebu (2013), Samantha Bricio(2012), Falyn Fonoimoana (2010), Taylor Carico (2006), and April Ross (2000).
By virtue of her selection to the all-region team, Botkin is now eligible to be chosen for AVCA All-America honors. Tuaniga will be among the list of candidates considered for the AVCA's National Freshman of the Year honor.
Botkin was tabbed for Pac-12 All-Conference honors a third time this season as she led the Women of Troy in kills (420 total kills, 3.59 kps) and points (464 total points, 3.97 pps) and put up eight double-doubles this fall for a total of 47 double-double performances. She was part of the Pac-12's preseason all-conference team and was previously an AVCA All-America choice in 2018. She completes her career at USC as the program's 11th all-time leader for kills (1,506) and is fifth for career points (1,683). 
Tuaniga was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. She appeared in 27 of the Trojans' 30 matches and started 17 times in her first season. She led USC with 772 assists (8.30 aps) and was tied for third on the team with 22 service aces (0.24 saps). Tuaniga also collected 166 digs (1.78 dps), 23 blocks, and 32 kills; and finished with eight double-double performances. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Nov. 22. In conference matches, Tuaniga ranked sixth in the league at 10.11 assists per set.
The Women of Troy (15-15, 10-10 Pac-12) finished in seventh place in the final Pac-12 standings. Under second-year head coach Brad Keller, the Trojans signed the nation's top-ranked incoming class of recruits according to
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