LEXINGTON, Ky. -- USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 2-8, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday, Nov. 10. It is Bricio's second-career national weekly honor and the ninth time in program history that a Trojan has been chosen.
Bricio was also chosen for national player of the week honors as a freshman on Oct. 9, 2012. Her selection makes her just the second Trojan ever to receive the award twice in her career. The other was All-American outside hitter Alex Jupiter who was chosen twice in 2010. Bricio was also named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth time this season (a new league record for single-season awards) and the ninth time in her career.
Bricio averaged 7.36 points per set (51.5 points overall) as she led the Women of Troy to wins over Colorado (3-1) and Utah (3-0) over the weekend. Against the Buffaloes, she had 21 kills (4e, 43att) and hit .495 to go with six service aces, four blocks, and 10 digs. It was Bricio's 13th double-double of the season and the 53rd of her career. It was also the 18th time in her career that she has served five aces or more in a single match and the 38th time she has had three or more.
Against the Utes, Bricio carried the team again with 21 kills (3e, 40att) and a .450 hitting percentage. She also added an ace, four digs, and a block. In the two matches combined, she produced a .422 hitting percentage and moved into 12th place in Pac-12 history for career kills (1,897). Bricio leads the country in aces per set (0.74), points per set (6.32), and total aces (67). She also ranks third in kills per set (5.16) and is fourth in total points (575.0).