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Heather Hughes


Height: 6-2/188 cm
Hometown: Fallbrook, Calif.
Birth Date: June 22, 1986
College: Loyola Marymount, '08 communication


  • Has four NORCECA golds under her belt, one with Christal Engle, two with Lane Carico and one with Emily Day
  • Due to illness at the libero position, played her first-ever match at the position in the fifth-place match of the indoor 2008 Pan American Cup
  • Made her pro beach debut in 2007 at the AVP Long Beach with Emily Day

  • Started the 2016 World Tour with Dowdy at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • In 2015, played in 11 FIVB World Tour events, seven with Brittany Hochevar and at the end of the season four with Amanda Dowdy. Best finish was ninth in Prague with Hochevar
  • On the 2015 AVP Tour, played in five tournaments with Dowdy, finishing third in Chicago and seventh three times, New York, Seattle and Huntington Beach
  • In 2014, played in seven FIVB tournaments with three partners, best finish was her season opener in Puerto Vallarta with Christal Engle, fifth
  • Won the 2014 NORCECA Guatemala City with Engle, duo also hit the podium for bronze at Grand Cayman and Manzanillo
  • Placed second at the 2014 AVP Huntington Beach Open with Whitney Pavlik and third in Salt Lake City
  • In 2013, Hughes formed a partnership on the AVP with Lane Carico and in the season opener the duo advanced from the qualifier to finish fifth, one of three such finishes on the year. McGuire played an FIVB event with Kaitlin Nielsen, and the duo placed fourth in Russia after losing matches only to Russian teams. She also played one FIVB event with Morgan Miller and three with Carico, getting a best of ninth
  • Hughes and Emily Day competed in four FIVB tournaments in 2012, then in the season finale in Thailand Day partnered with Summer Ross and played in her first FIVB main draw, as the pair placed 17th. McGuire and Day won one Norceca event together. Domestically McGuire and Day finished 13th in their only AVP event, and won one other domestic tournament
  • In 2011, Hughes and Emily Day played in 10 domestic events on three tours, with a best of third on each tour. The duo also won the USA IDQ in Playa del Rey. Internationally the duo finished fourth in an FIVB Challenger as well as in the Pan American Games. They placed second in a Norceca event and competed in two FIVB events
  • Hughes and Day played in an AVP Young Guns event in 2010, winning in Hermosa Beach. Internationally, McGuire played in one FIVB Challenger event with Michelle Moriarty, advancing from the qualifier and finishing seventh
  • In 2007, Hughes made her pro beach volleyball debut in Long Beach in July 2007 while still in college, she and her partner Emily Day established an AVP record for the lowest-seeded team to advance from the qualifier (seeded 54th) as well as for the youngest team to do so (combined age just over 41 years)
  • Ranked among Loyola Marymount’s record books in several categories as she has claimed the top spot in aces (157), second in kills (1,679), digs (1,261) and total attacks (4,435), fourth in games played (438) and kills-per-game (3.83), seventh in service aces-per-game (0.36) and ninth in digs-per-game (2.88)
  • Earned AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention and first-team All-WCC honors as a senior
  • U.S. indoor Women’s National A2 Team alternate in 2007
  • U.S. indoor Junior National Team alternate in 2006
  • U.S. indoor Girls’ Youth A2 alternate in 2003 and 2004
  • Played club volleyball for Epic
  • Started playing club volleyball with Fitness Plus 14s
  • Graduated from Loyola Marymount in 2008 with a degree in communications
  • Married to fellow volleyball player Andy McGuire
  • Parents are Bill and Lori Hughes
  • Father played volleyball for Long Beach State and on the beach circuit; mother played tennis at UC Santa Barbara
  • Sister, Kristen, played volleyball at Cornell
  • Brother, Taylor, played volleyball at Pacific
  • Updated October, 2015

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