Name: Kelly Claes
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Placenta, Calif.
High School: El Dorado High
College: USC, 2017 sociology
Other Career Highlights
  • Has three professional international career wins, all on the NORCECA Tour
  • Won the NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship with USC in 2016 and '17
  • With Sara Hughes, won gold at the 2016 World University Games, bronze at the 2014 U21 World Championships and bronze at the 2013 U19 World Championships
  • Made her professional debut at the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Sara Hughes, they finished 33rd
  • DID YOU KNOW
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  • In 2017, Claes and Hughes had two fifth-place finishes on the FIVB World Tour; and one first and one third-place finish on the domestic AVP Tour
  • Tied for ninth with Hughes at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships
  • Made her official professional debut, post graduation, at the 2017 FIVB Rio 4 Star event, tying for a career best fifth on May 20 with Sara Hughes
  • Finished ninth with Sara Hughes at the 2016 Long Beach Grand Slam, her best FIVB World Tour finish at the time
  • With Sara Hughes, won the 2016 World University Games in Estonia, their best finish at a youth aged championship as a team and individually
  • On the AVP Tour between 2014-16, has won one silver and two bronze with Hughes
  • In 2014, Claes and Hughes earned bronze at the U21 World Championships in Cyprus
  • Made her professional international debut in 2014 at NORCECA Boqueron, winning silver with Hughes
  • With Hughes, took bronze at the 2013 U19 World Championships in Portugal
  • Won the 2015 AVCA Sand Championships pair title with Sara Hughes
  • Began her beach career at USC in 2014 after graduating from El Dorado High in Placentia, Calif., a semester early
  • In 2013, won the USAV Beach HP Championships and Junior Beach Tour Santa Monica Open with Hughes
  • Member of the 2012 U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team
Personal: Graduated in May, 2017 from USC with a degree in sociology...Father, Paul, played baseball at San Diego State