Kelly Claes, Jenna Belton Sign With USC Women's Sand Volleyball

    Kelly Claes

    Nov. 14, 2013

    Kelly Claes of El Dorado High in Placentia (Calif.) and Jenna Belton of Aptos (Calif.) High have signed letters of intent with the USC women's sand volleyball team, head coach Anna Collier announced today (Nov. 14).

    Claes will enroll at USC for the upcoming 2014 spring semester and compete immediately with the Women of Troy, while Belton will enter USC in the fall of 2014.

    "Kelly and Jenna have some serious sand volleyball experience and they will have immediate impacts when they join our team," said Collier. "Kelly comes in having played at the highest level on the beach. Jenna is a lefty who is a very highly regarded player. We are excited that they are joining the Trojan Family."

    The 6-2 Claes joined with current Trojan Sara Hughes to win a bronze medal at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Under 19 World Championships in Portugal and the duo also won a gold at the USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships and the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Santa Monica Open. Indoors, Claes plays for El Dorado, where she earned 2012 Orange County Register All-Orange County first team honors as she helped her team advance to the CIF Division 1A final, and the SoCal Juniors club. She was on the 2012 U.S. Women's Indoor Junior National Training Team.

    The 6-1 Belton has been a member of the USA Volleyball Under 19 National Team and competed in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. She won the 2012 USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour National Championships Under 16 title in Milwaukee and the NorCal Open U16 gold medal. She also stars indoors for Aptos and her Main Beach Volleyball club.