Claes-Hughes and Bukovec-Strange Named AVCA All-Americans

    Sara Hughes becomes USC's second two-time AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American

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    May 3, 2015

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - USC sand volleyball sophomores Kelly Claes, Sara Hughes, and Sophie Bukovec, and junior Alexa Strange were each named AVCA Sand Volleyball All-Americans on Sunday, May 3. The Women of Troy were chosen among the eight pairs that advanced to the quarterfinals of the AVCA Pairs National Championship.

    Claes, Bukovec, and Strange, receive their first All-America certificates while Hughes becomes USC's second two-time All-American. She was also honored in 2014 alongside Kirby Burnham. Burnham is the program's other two-time award winner. In all, USC now boasts eight sand volleyball All-Americans in the sport's four-year history.

    Claes and Hughes are 42-3 as a pair this season (25-3 in duals), and will play in the semifinals of the 2015 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Pairs National Championship. They are only the second duo in school history to reach the 40-win plateau. Burnham and Hughes were 42-4 in 2014. Bukovec and Strange finished the season with a 33-10 record (23-5 in duals). They played at USC's No. 2 position all season.

    The No. 1-ranked USC sand volleyball team (28-0) capped a perfect season with a 3-0 victory over No. 6 Long Beach State (17-7) to claim the national title on May 2, 2015. Head coach Anna Collier and the Women of Troy hoisted the trophy to represent USC's 123rd all-time team national championship.

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