Pac-12 announces beach volleyball awards

Bert Thomas/Pac-12 Conference

SAN FRANCISCO - USC senior Kelly Claes was voted Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight year, and two-time Pac-12 Pairs champion Claes and classmate Sara Hughes are the Pac-12 Pair of the Year for the second-straight year, the Conference office announced today. STANFORD’s Kathryn Plummer was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and UCLA’s Stein Metzger was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

Claes (Fullerton, Calif.), along with pair teammate Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), have led the Trojans to back-to-back Pac-12 team titles and consecutive Pac-12 pairs crowns. As a pair, the duo has won 103-straight matches until losing on April 8, 2017. That incredible streak included just seven set losses over their career. The duo were Pac-12 Pair of the Week honorees five of the eight weeks this season and led USC to a 62-match win streak and a 34-1 overall record in 2017 as it heads into the NCAA Tournament to defend its national crown as the No. 1 overall seed.

Plummer (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was half of Stanford’s top pair this season. Also a member of the Cardinal’s indoor volleyball team where she was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, as well as the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, she has amassed a 12-10 record this season.

UCLA’s Metzger earns the Pac-12’s Coach of the Year honor for the first time. Under his tutelage, the Bruins are the No. 2-ranked team in the country and the No. 2 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. UCLA handed No. 1 USC its first loss of the season in the semifinal of the Pac-12 Tournament, snapping a 62-dual match Trojan win streak and finished runner up in the Conference Championship, falling by just a pair of points in the deciding dual. The Bruins are 29-4 on the season.

Pac-12 Player of the Year: Kelly Claes, USC
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Kathryn Plummer, STAN
Pac-12 Pair of the Year: Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, USC
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Stein Metzger, UCLA

ALL-PAC-12

First Team      
Bianca Arellano Arizona State Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Kelly Claes USC Sr. Fullerton, Calif.
Sara Hughes USC Sr. Costa Mesa, Calif.
Whitney Follette Arizona State Sr. St. Albert, Canada
Crissy Jones Washington Jr. Los Alamitos, Calif.
Megan McNamara UCLA So. Vancouver, B.C.
Nicole McNamara UCLA So. Vancouver, B.C.
Kathryn Plummer Stanford Fr. Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Madison Witt Arizona Sr. Glendale, Ariz.
McKenna Witt Arizona Sr. Glendale, Ariz,
       
Second Team      
Dani Barton Utah Fr. Sandy, Utah
Sophie Bukovec USC Sr. Toronto, Ontario
Terese Cannon USC Jr. Pittsford, N.Y.
Destiny Julye Washington So. Tehachapi, Calif.
Oluoma Okaro Arizona State Jr. Lakewood, Calif.
Tia Scambray Washington Jr. Dana Point, Calif.
Courtney Schwan Washington Jr. Auburn, Wash.
Kamila Tan UCLA Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Allie Wheeler USC Sr. Saratoga, Calif.
Madi Yeomans UCLA Fr. Ocean Beach, Calif

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Dani Barton Utah Sandy Utah
Joy Dennis USC Cypress, Calif.
Kathryn Plummer Stanford Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Torrey Van Winden UCLA Napa, Calif.
Madi Yeomans UCLA Ocean Beach, Calif.
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