Claes and Hughes Win NORCECA Silver in Puerto Rico|
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Sept. 23, 2014
BOQUERÓN, Puerto Rico - USC sand volleyball sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes claimed the silver medal of the North, Central America, and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) beach volleyball circuit on the beaches of Boquerón on Sunday, Sept. 21. The Women of Troy advanced to the title match and put up a fight before they fell to Mexico's duo of Bibiana Candelas and Martha Revuelta, 19-21, 21-15, 15-10. Candelas herself is a former Trojan indoor All-American and national champion.
Claes and Hughes went three sets to win their semifinal match against Kacie Mactavish and Caleigh Whitaker of Canada, 21-18, 16-21, 15-6. Candelas/Revuelta took out the American tandem of Irene Hester and Caitlin Ledoux, 21-14, 21-12, in the other semifinal.
The Trojans won pool-play matches over Mexico's B pair of Burnside and Santoyo, 21-19, 19-21, 15-12, and over Dyette/Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago, 21-9, 21-6, on Friday (Sept. 19). On Saturday (Sept. 20), the two defeated Honduras' top squad, 21-11, 21-6, and knocked off Bernier/Cajigas of Puerto Rico, 23-21, 21-6, in the quarterfinals.
During the 2014 collegiate sand season, Hughes teamed with All-American Kirby Burnham to win USC's second of back-to-back AVCA pairs titles. Hughes was also named an All-American as a freshman as the two finished with a 42-4 overall mark with an undefeated 21-0 record in tournaments. Claes and partner Alexa Strange completed the year with a 33-7 record and was 22-3 in duals.
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Claes/Hughes (USA1) def. Mactavish/Whitaker (CAN2); 21-18, 16-21, 15-6
Candelas/Revuelta (MEX1) def. Hester/Ledoux (USA2); 21-14, 21-12
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Mactavish/Whitaker (CAN2) def. Hester/Ledouz (USA2); 21-19, 25-23
Candelas/Revuelta (MEX1) def. Claes/Hughes (USC1); 19-21, 21-15, 15-10