Alexa Strange Transfers To USC Women's Sand Volleyball From Nebraska
July 30, 2013
Alexa Strange, one of the nation's top young sand volleyball players, has transferred to the USC women's sand program from Nebraska, Women of Troy head coach Anna Collier announced today (July 30).
The 5-11 Strange will be eligible to play the upcoming 2014 season at USC as a sophomore.
"Alexa will be a huge asset to our team and we are delighted that she has become a Trojan," said Collier. "Her years of national and international experience will help our entire team raise its level of play as we continue towards our goal of a national championship. She will join with our other new incoming players to add very talented depth to our 2014 roster."
Strange spent her freshman season at Nebraska, playing on the Cornhuskers' indoor team during the fall of 2012 and then joining the sand team in the spring of 2013. Indoors, she appeared in 25 matches as an outside hitter and hit .309 with 25 kills, 55 digs, 15 assists, 7 blocks and 2 aces as Nebraska advanced to the second round of the NCAA tourney. On the sand, she joined Kelsey Robinson on the No. 1 pairs team and went 6-3 in dual matches (7-5 overall).
She has played internationally on the beach, placing ninth with Jace Pardon at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships in Croatia. In 2011, she was 25th at both the FIVB U19 World Championships in Croatia (with Mikayla Tucker) and the Jose Cuervo Manhattan Open (with current Trojan Cinnamon Sary).
Strange was a 2011 prep All-American second teamer and Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection as a senior indoor player at San Clemente (Calif.) High, getting 321 kills and 307 assists.
USC previously announced the signing of incoming freshmen Sara Hughes of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.) and Allie Wheeler of Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose (Calif.). Hughes, who earlier this month won a bronze medal at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Portugal, was a 2012 All-CIF first teamer. In 2012, she was fourth at the FIVB Junior World Championship in Canada, seventh at the NORCECA Beach tour stop in Chula Vista and ninth at the FIVB Youth World Championship in Cyprus. In 2011, she won the AAU Junior National Beach Championship and was ninth at the FIVB Youth World Championship in Croatia. Wheeler, who has been a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance Beach U19 program, helped her high school to the 2012 CIF Central Coast Championship.
In 2013 in the program's second season, USC advanced to the semifinals at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship and produced the 2013 national championship pairs team of Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson.