USC senior Kelly Claes was voted Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight year, and two-time Pac-12 Pairs champion Claes and classmate Sara Hughes are the Pac-12 Pair of the Year for the second-straight year, the Conference office announced today. STANFORD’s Kathryn Plummer was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and UCLA’s Stein Metzger was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Claes (Fullerton, Calif.), along with pair teammate Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), have led the Trojans to back-to-back Pac-12 team titles and consecutive Pac-12 pairs crowns. As a pair, the duo has won 103-straight matches until losing on April 8, 2017. That incredible streak included just seven set losses over their career. The duo were Pac-12 Pair of the Week honorees five of the eight weeks this season and led USC to a 62-match win streak and a 34-1 overall record in 2017 as it heads into the NCAA Tournament to defend its national crown as the No. 1 overall seed.
Plummer (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was half of Stanford’s top pair this season. Also a member of the Cardinal’s indoor volleyball team where she was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, as well as the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, she has amassed a 12-10 record this season.
UCLA’s Metzger earns the Pac-12’s Coach of the Year honor for the first time. Under his tutelage, the Bruins are the No. 2-ranked team in the country and the No. 2 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. UCLA handed No. 1 USC its first loss of the season in the semifinal of the Pac-12 Tournament, snapping a 62-dual match Trojan win streak and finished runner up in the Conference Championship, falling by just a pair of points in the deciding dual. The Bruins are 29-4 on the season.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Kelly Claes, USC
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Kathryn Plummer, STAN
Pac-12 Pair of the Year: Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, USC
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Stein Metzger, UCLA
|Bianca Arellano||Arizona State||Sr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Kelly Claes||USC||Sr.||Fullerton, Calif.|
|Sara Hughes||USC||Sr.||Costa Mesa, Calif.|
|Whitney Follette||Arizona State||Sr.||St. Albert, Canada|
|Crissy Jones||Washington||Jr.||Los Alamitos, Calif.|
|Megan McNamara||UCLA||So.||Vancouver, B.C.|
|Nicole McNamara||UCLA||So.||Vancouver, B.C.|
|Kathryn Plummer||Stanford||Fr.||Aliso Viejo, Calif.|
|Madison Witt||Arizona||Sr.||Glendale, Ariz.|
|McKenna Witt||Arizona||Sr.||Glendale, Ariz,|
|Dani Barton||Utah||Fr.||Sandy, Utah|
|Sophie Bukovec||USC||Sr.||Toronto, Ontario|
|Terese Cannon||USC||Jr.||Pittsford, N.Y.|
|Destiny Julye||Washington||So.||Tehachapi, Calif.|
|Oluoma Okaro||Arizona State||Jr.||Lakewood, Calif.|
|Tia Scambray||Washington||Jr.||Dana Point, Calif.|
|Courtney Schwan||Washington||Jr.||Auburn, Wash.|
|Kamila Tan||UCLA||Sr.||San Diego, Calif.|
|Allie Wheeler||USC||Sr.||Saratoga, Calif.|
|Madi Yeomans||UCLA||Fr.||Ocean Beach, Calif|
|Dani Barton||Utah||Sandy Utah|
|Joy Dennis||USC||Cypress, Calif.|
|Kathryn Plummer||Stanford||Aliso Viejo, Calif.|
|Torrey Van Winden||UCLA||Napa, Calif.|
|Madi Yeomans||UCLA||Ocean Beach, Calif.|
News courtesy of the Pac-12.