Abril Bustamante Named AVCA High School Beach All-American|
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Aug. 27, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Incoming USC beach volleyball freshman Abril Bustamante was named to the second-annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) High School Beach All-America team on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Redondo Beach, Calif. native claimed three major tournament titles this summer.
"Abril brings such a high level of volleyball to our team," said head coach Anna Collier. "Not only was she an outstanding high school player, she was selected to travel with the U.S. Junior National Team and has competed at the international level. She brings a wealth of experience on the sand even though she is a freshman."
Bustamante played indoor volleyball for her high school team at Redondo Union HS (Redondo Beach, Calif.), in addition to competing for Elite Beach Volleyball Club. In 2014, the 6-1 hitter was named the AAU Player of the Year. She also played on the USA High Performance A1 U19 Beach Junior National Team. South Bay Magazine rated Bustamante a Top 10 Teen, and she has her AAA rating on the beach. In 2013, she won first place at the HP Championships while competing on the USA High Performance A1 U17 Junior National Team. She also won the AAU High School Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship in 2012. Bustamante has placed first in numerous CBVA tournaments.
This summer, Bustamante won the Hermosa Open and the U21/U23 High Performance title with Sarah Sponcil. She was the youngest player to win the two-day CBVA event in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She also won the West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games and the BVCA National Championship with partner Skylar Caputo. The duo also competed at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. She is the second player on USC's roster to receive AVCA All-America beach honors. Sophomore Jo Kremer was a member of the inaugural team in 2014.
"The AVCA awarding high school beach All-America honors is just another sign of the growth of our sport," said Collier. "More and more young athletes are going to choose to make beach volleyball their sport of choice now that it's beginning to receive the same kinds of accolades as the indoor game. I think pretty soon, we could see a CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) championship for the sport. Once our governing organizations begin bestowing awards, people pay special attention, because now, the hard work is being recognized."
The AVCA high school beach All-America team is comprised of four of the elite high school beach volleyball players from across the country. Two of this year's All-Americans come from Florida and the other two reign from California. Additionally, all but two of the honorable mention recipients come from California with the other two from the Midwest in Ohio. The awards committee is comprised of Cindy Phillips (Florida/East Coast), Steve Bishop (Florida), Scott Stover (Texas/Central), Jeff Smith (California/West Coast) and Gino Grajeda (California/West Coast).
The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team went undefeated (28-0) to claim the program's first team championship and the 123rd overall team national title in the school's history. Juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes completed the collegiate season with a 44-3 record and won the AVCA Pairs Championship to mark the third straight year that a Trojan pair won the national crown.
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