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.
The USC beach volleyball pair of junior Abril Bustamante (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and freshman Tina Graudina (Jurmala, Latvia) was chosen as the 2018 VolleyballMag.com/Sand Socks Pair of the Year as announced by the publication on Monday, May 29. The duo was also named to the online magazine's All-America first team. Graudina herself was tabbed as the VolleyballMag.com National Freshman of the Year.
USC beach volleyball seniors Jo Kremer (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Jenna Belton (Aptos, Calif.), and Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y.) were each named to Pac-12 All-Academic teams as announced by the Conference on Friday, May 18.