Name: Sara Hughes
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 5-10
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
College: USC, '17 business administration
Other Career Highlights
  • Has four international golds, all on the NORCECA Tour
  • 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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  • DID YOU KNOW
  • 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: Graduated in May, 2017 from USC with a degree in business administration...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