Trojan trio collect honors at AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships.
It's the second year in a row that a USC duo has won.
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
Student-athletes share their time and talent with the next generation of beach stars.
The Women of Troy completed a 5-0 sweep over Saint Mary's College to cap a 2-0 week in Northern California.
Anna Biller Collier, who coached women's beach volleyball teams in a pair of Olympics, is in her third season as USC's first-ever head coach of the women's sand volleyball team.
Collier, a USC graduate, guided the Women of Troy to a 16-8 record in 2013 and a third place finish in the team portion of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship. The No. 1 team of Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson won the AVCA pairs national title and became USC's first-ever All-Americans in the sport.
She coached USC to a 7-4 record in 2012, the sport's inaugural season as an NCAA-sponsored "emerging" sport, and sent two USC teams to the pairs championship of the first AVCA pairs tourney (Sara Shaw-Geena Urango and Burnham-Kelly Irvin both advanced to the quarterfinals).
She led two U.S. teams to fifth place finishes at the Olympics: Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno in the 1996 Atlanta Games and Annette Davis and Jenny Johnson in the 2000 Sydney Games.
She has coached beach volleyball since 1990, including working with such standouts as Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Nicole Branagh, Rachel Wacholder and Angie Akers.
As head coach for the U.S. Senior A2 Beach National Team, she led American teams to first and fifth place finishes at the 2012 World University Championships in Brazil. She coached U26 and U23 A2 U.S. squads at the 2010 Team FISU World University Championships in Turkey. She coached the U26 U.S. squads at the 2011 Team FISU World University Championships in China. She as coach of Team USA at the 2013 Summer World University Games in Russia.
On top of her duties, she is a USAV High Performance coach and a founder member of the USAV Beach Coaching Accreditation Program Cadre.
She is currently a faculty member (teaching a variety of kinesiology classes) at Santa Monica (Calif.) Junior College, where she has spent the past 32 years. She began as the women's cross country and track and field coach, winning three California State championships. She previously was the chair of the kinesiology and athletics department.
Collier played professionally on the beach for seven seasons between 1978 and 1989, posting 10 Top 10 finishes among her 20 tournament appearances (including a third at the 1979 San Clemente Open and a pair of ninth place finishes at the legendary Manhattan Beach Open in 1987 and 1988).
She attended USC, where as Anna Biller she was on the track and field, volleyball and swimming teams. She was a 2-time All-American in track as a member of the Women of Troy 800-meter (1975) and 400-meter (1977) relay teams. She earned her degree in physical education from USC in 1977.