Beach Volleyball
    Sara Hughes, Allie Wheeler Sign With USC Women's Sand Volleyball

    Allie Wheeler (left) and Sara Hughes

    Nov. 19, 2012

    Volleyball standouts Sara Hughes of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.) and Allie Wheeler of Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose (Calif.) have signed letters of intent with the USC women's sand volleyball team, USC head coach Anna Collier announced today (Nov. 19).

    "We are extremely delighted to welcome Sara and Allie to the Trojan Family," said Collier. "Sara is regarded as the top sand volleyball recruit in the nation. She is very experienced and athletic for her age. She will be the foundation of our program in the coming years. Allie is an up-and-comer who is just beginning to tap into her sand potential. Her successful indoor experience will translate well to the sand game."

    Hughes played indoor with her Mater Dei team and helped her Long Beach Mizuno club team win a gold medal at the 2011 Junior Olympics in the 16 Open division. On the beach in the summer of 2012, she was fourth at the FIVB Junior World Championship in Halifx (with Summer Ross), seventh at the NORCECA Beach tour stop in Chula Vista (with USC's Kirby Burnham), ninth at the FIVB Youth World Championship in Cyprus (with long-time partner Justine Wong-Orantes), 25th at the Manhattan Open (with Lilla Frederick) and she also competed in the FIVB Thailand Open (with Kaitlin Sather). In the summer of 2011, she won the AAU Junior National Beach Championship and was ninth at the FIVB Youth World Championship in Croatia (both with Wong-Orantes) and she was 17th at the Manhattan Open and 25th at the FIVB Junior World Championships in Halifax (both with Caitlin Racich).

    Wheeler helped Archbishop Mitty to a 34-0 record and the 2012 CIF Central Coast championship, earning All-West Catholic Athletic League first team honors. Her Vision Volleyball Club won a silver medal at the Junior Olympics. On the beach, she was a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance Beach U19 program.



    Both players are 5-11.