Name: Sara Hughes
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 5-10
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
College: USC, '17 business administration
Other Career Highlights
  • Medaled twice on the 2018 FIVB World Tour with Summer Ross: 1st at Moscow four-star and third in Espinho four-star
  • Won the NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship with USC in 2016 and '17
  • Made her professional debut at the 2011 Jose Cuervo Tour Manhattan Beach, finished 17th with Caitlin Racich
  • Has played in eight youth FIVB World Championships, finishing in the Top 25 each time, Top 5 five times, bronze twice with Kelly Claes (2014 U21, 2013 U19) and gold at the World University Games in 2016
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  • Finished 3rd with Summer Ross at the 2019 FIVB World Tour event in Yangzhou, China
  • Started the 2018 season with Kelly Claes. Began playing with Summer Ross in March. Competed in 10 events, medaling twice in Moscow (gold) and Espinho (bronze)
  • Played in four 2018 AVP events with Summer Ross, winning gold in New York and Hermosa Beach
  • In 2017, finished fifth twice and tied for ninth three times on the FIVB World Tour - named the FIVB Top Rookie; on the domestic AVP Tour, earned one first-place and third-place finish
  • Made her official professional debut, post graduation, at the 2017 FIVB Rio 4 Star event, tying for fifth on May 20 with Kelly Claes
  • On the NORCECA Tour, since 2012 has four gold, two silver and one bronze; two gold earned in 2016
  • Played in one FIVB event in 2012 and 2015 and two in 2016 with a best career FIVB finish of ninth at the 2016 Long Beach Grand Slam, with Kelly Claes
  • With Claes, won the 2016 World University Games in Estonia, their best finish at a youth aged championship as a team and individually
  • Between 2015-16 won three NORCECA tournaments with Claes
  • In 2014, Claes had two second-place finishes on NORCECA's tour, earned bronze at the U21 World Championships in Cyprus and finished 33rd at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open
  • At the 2014 U23 World Championship in Poland, finished fifth with Pepperdine's Kellie Woolever
  • With Claes, took bronze at the 2013 U19 World Championships in Portugal
  • Won the 2013 NORCECA Boqueron with Lane Carico, her first international and professional win
  • In 2012, finished fourth at the U21 World Championships in Canada with Summer Ross and ninth at the U19 World Championships in Cyprus with Justine Wong-Orantes
  • Also in 2012, placed seventh with Kirby Burnham at NORCECA Chula Vista and played in the country qualifier at FIVB Bang Saen in Thailand with Kaitlin Nielsen
  • In her first season professionally in 2011, finished 17th at the Jose Cuervo Manhattan Beach with Caitlin Racich, ninth at the U19 World Championships with Justine Wong-Orantes in Croatia and 25th with Racich at the U21 World Championships in Canada
  • Four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Won the 2015 AVCA Sand Championships pair title with Kelly Claes and 2014 pair title with Kirby Burnham
Personal: Born Sara Elizabeth Hughes in 1995... Graduated in May, 2017 from USC with a degree in business administration. Received her masters degree from USC's Marshall School of Business in 2018... Brother, Connor, played volleyball at UC Irvine and won the NCAA title in 2012 and '13, which he was the tournament MVP... Sister, Lauren, played volleyball at Fairfield
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