Anna Collier Is AVCA National Coach Of Year, Burnham and Hughes All-Americans

    AVCA All-Americans Sara Hughes (left) and Kirby Burnham with AVCA National Coach of the Year Anna Colllier

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    May 4, 2014

    USC women's sand volleyball head coach Anna Collier was named the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, while senior Kirby Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes were named AVCA All-American first teamers in a ceremony today (May 4) at the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala.

    Collier is in her third year guiding the Women of Troy. This year, USC posted a 23-3 overall record and spent the second half of the season ranked No. 1 nationally. The Trojans advanced to the semifinals of the AVCA team competition and placed two pairs teams (Burnham/Hughes and Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange) into the AVCA pairs competition.

    Burnham, who won the 2013 AVCA pairs title with Stevi Robinson, joined Robinson as USC's first women's sand volleyball All-American first teamers and now becomes the program's first two-time All-American.

    Burnham is looking to repeat as the AVCA pairs champion as she and Hughes have advanced to today's upcoming AVCA pairs semifinals.