Sara Hughes

Before turning pro in June 2017, Hughes competed in sand volleyball at Southern Cal after becoming the first high school player to declare that she will play sand volleyball exclusively in college. Her freshman season she won the AVCA National Championship with partner Kirby Burnham, finishing with a 42-4 match mark including 28 straight wins. Hughes was named AVCA All-American that season (2014). As a sophomore she again won the AVCA National Championship, playing with Kelly Claes. They finished 44-3, winning the last 25 matches of the season, and Hughes once again was named as an AVCA All-American.

BORN February 14, 1995
HEIGHT 177 cm


2014 As a freshman, Hughes paired with Kirby Burnham to win the AVCA Pairs National Championship
Named AVCA All-American
Paired with Burnham the entire season, the duo set a new USC record with 42 wins and finished the season 42-4… went 21-4 at the top court in dual matches and was 21-0 in tournament matches
Won the USC Pairs Tournament (Mar. 15), the Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge (Mar. 22), the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge (Apr. 13), and the Pac-12 Invitational (Apr. 20)
2015 Named an AVCA All-American
Won the AVCA Pairs National Championship with partner Kelly Claes
Went 44-3 overall with Claes including a 19-0 mark in tournaments to win titles in the USC Tournament, the Queen of the Beach Challenge Gold Bracket, the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge Gold Bracket, and Pac-12 Invitational Gold
2016 Won the first ever NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship
Hughes sported an undefeated match record with partner Kelly Claes
AVCA All-American honors for the third straight year
Named to the inaugural Pac-12 All-Conference First Team
DiG Magazine National Player of the Year
2017 2017 FIVB World Tour Rookie of the Year
2017 AVP Chicago Open Championships, Gold
2017 World Series of Beach Volleyball, Bronze Medalist
Won the NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship with USC
AVCA All-American Honors for the fourth straight year
Hughes and Claes Named Pair of the Year
2018 #1 ranked team in USA
#9 ranked team in the World
FIVB World Tour, Gold Medal, Moscow
FIVB World Tour, Bronze Medal, Portugal
FIVB World Tour, Bronze Medal, China