USC beach volleyball All-American Sara Hughes partnered with Summer Ross (Pepperdine) to win the AVP (American Volleyball Professionals) Hermosa Beach Open on Sunday, July 29. Hughes and Ross pushed their record in 2018 AVP events to 10-0 to claim their second crown of the summer. The duo also won the New York City Gold Series event on June 10 before spending a month on the FIVB's World Tour. For Hughes, it is her third-career AVP victory.
USC beach volleyball All-American Sara Hughes and partner Summer Ross (Washington/Pepperdine) claimed bronze medals at the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Tour stop in Espinho on Saturday, July 7. The third-place finish marked the highest by Hughes and her first-career medal-podium appearance. It was the fifth FIVB World Tour medal for Ross.
Stanford beach volleyball, in its sixth season as a program, finished with a 17-13 overall record, its highest win total in program history. The team matched its best postseason finish in the Pac-12 Championship with a 1-2 record as the No. 4 seed.