The top-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team extended its winning streak to 11 straight matches
The USC sand volleyball team has its sights set on a national championship as 2014 opens
Women of Troy set to begin second season of competition next week.
The Women of Troy completed a 5-0 sweep over Saint Mary's College to cap a 2-0 week in Northern California.
The Women of Troy face Pacific in their first road dual match of the season.
Andrew Fuller is in his first season (2015-16) as the volunteer assistant coach for the USC women’s beach volleyball team. Fuller previously served three years as the program’s assistant coach (2012-15) and helped guide the Women of Troy to the 2015 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship.
USC finished 28-0 in 2015 to claim the program’s first-ever team national title. Fuller helped the Trojans to a 23-3 mark in 2014 and a third-place finish at the AVCA Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships. He also helped coach USC’s top duo Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes to the 2015 AVCA Pairs National Championship, and Kirby Burnham and Hughes to the pairs title in 2014. In his first year at USC in 2013, the Women of Troy also finished third at the AVCA Championships, and All-Americans Burnham and Stevi Robinson captured the AVCA pairs national crown.
In the summer of 2013, he was a coach with the USA Beach Volleyball National Team, aiding Lauren Fendrick (his wife) and Brittany Hochevar on the FIVB Tour (they placed fifth at the FIVB World Championships) and AVP Tour (they ended up ranked as the AVP’s No. 1 team).
Before coming to USC, Fuller helped Long Beach State finish as runners-up at the AVCA Collegiate Beach Volleyball National Championship in 2012, the inaugural year for women’s beach volleyball as an NCAA emerging sport. He helped coach All-Americans Tara Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux.
He also coached with the USA Volleyball beach program in 2012. He is certified through the USAV Beach Coaching Accreditation Program.
From 2009 to 2011, he was a coach with the boys and girls indoor teams at West Torrance (Calif.) High.
The 31-year-old Fuller, who is 6-10, has played pro beach volleyball since 2007, with nine Top-10 finishes (30 times in the Top 25) in the 41 tournaments he has played. He and partner Mark Van Zwieten finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games.
He played on the men’s club volleyball indoor team at Virginia Tech, garnering All-America honors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Tech in 2006 and a master’s degree in photography from the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2011.
A native of Mountain View (Calif.) in the Bay Area, he and Fendrick (an attorney in addition to being a pro beach player) reside in Hermosa Beach (Calif.).