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Kelly Claes:
 
Kelly Claes
United States  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Brian White
Birth Date September 18, 1995 (22 years old)
Home Town Placentia, CA
Resides Fullerton, CA
Height 6'2"
College Southern California
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st $47,950
   AVP 1st $47,950
International 2nd $60,500
   FIVB 2nd $60,500
   FIVB AGWC 3rd (2 times) $0
NORCECA 1st (3 times) $5,925
   NORCECA 1st (3 times) $5,925
Other $7,000
   Other 3rd $7,000
Overall 1st (4 times) $121,375
 
Bio Bits

Beach Bits:
• When Claes and Sara Hughes won the bronze medal in July 2013 at the FIVB Under 19 World Championships in Portugal, it marked the first time Claes had been out of the country.
• In New York City in 2015, Claes and Sara Hughes became the lowest seeded team (16) to ever reach the semifinals of an AVP tournament.
• In Chicago in 2017, Claes and Sara Hughes became the youngest team to ever win an AVP title. Claes was two weeks shy of turning 22 while Hughes was 22 1/2 years old. 

2017: Claes and Hughes competed in four AVP tournaments, winning in the season finale in Chicago. Claes led the AVP in kills (7.92 per set) and was fifth in hitting percentage (.466). Internationally Hughes played once with Kelly Reeves, then six times with Hughes, getting a best of fifth place twice.
2016: Claes and Hughes played twice on the AVP Tour, advancing from the qualifier both times, placing third and then second. In San Francisco the duo became just the second team to reach a championship match on the AVP Tour after playing in the qualifier. On the FIVB Tour they played two events with a best of ninth.
2015: Claes and Hughes played in two AVP tournaments. In New York City, the duo advanced from the qualifier and despite losing in the first round, they advanced to the semifinals, placing third. They also finished ninth in the Manhattan Beach Open. Internationally the duo played once on the FIVB Tour, losing in the qualifier.
2014: Played in one AVP qualifier with Hughes but did not advance. In the FIVB Under 21 World Championships the duo won the bronze medal.
2013: Claes and Sara Hughes won a bronze medal at the FIVB Under 19 World Championships in Portugal.

College: Competes in sand volleyball for Southern Cal. She graduated high school a semester early and joined the team in the spring of 2014. Her freshman season she played with Alexa Strange, finishing with a 33-7 match record. As a sophomore she paired with Sara Hughes and the duo went 44-3, winning the last 25 matches of the season. They won the AVCA National Championship, with Claes being chosen AVCA All-American. Claes completed a perfect junior season, finishing 48-0 in matches and losing just one set with Hughes. They won the National Championship again and for the second straight year Claes was named AVCA All-American.

Personal: Her father, Paul, played baseball at San Diego State. Claes has two brothers, Ben and Denny, and one sister, Kristi. She was a 2014 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and was tabbed the top sand volleyball recruit in the nation.
 
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
2014 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 60.0 121st 0 0 0 1 0 0
2015 AVP 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 $5,000.00 420.0 42nd 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 AVP 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 $8,500.00 590.0 38th 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 AVP 4 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 $18,950.00 1,404.0 18th 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 AVP 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 $15,500.00 1,323.0 7th 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  13
(516th)
1
(88th)
1 6 0 0 1 2 $47,950.00
(102nd)
3,797.0   0 0 0 1 0 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
2013 FIVB AGWC 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $0.00 112.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 FIVB AGWC 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $0.00 112.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 20.0 283rd 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016 FIVB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $9,000.00 300.0 126th 0 1 0 0 0 0
2017 FIVB 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 $23,750.00 1,080.0 31st 0 3 0 0 0 0
2018 FIVB 10 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 $27,750.00 1,990.0 42nd 0 2 1 0 0 1
Total
(Rank)
  22
(454th)
0 1 2 1 3 0 6 $60,500.00
(234th)
3,614.0   0 6 1 0 1 1
 
 
 
NORCECA
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
2014 NORCECA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 $850.00 90.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 NORCECA 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 $2,075.00 100.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 NORCECA 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,000.00 200.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  5
(126th)
3
(19th)
1 1 0 0 0 0 $5,925.00
(33rd)
390.0   0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  41
(527th)
4
(120th)
3 9 1 3 1 8 $121,375.00
(201st)
7,801.0   0 6 1 1 1 1
 
Red denotes ranked 1st
 
Victory List
 
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
1 8/30/2015 NORCECA Varadero Sara Hughes   $1,500
2 7/3/2016 NORCECA North Bay Sara Hughes 7 $1,500
3 8/7/2016 NORCECA Boqueron Sara Hughes 1 $1,500
4 9/3/2017 AVP Chicago Sara Hughes 12 $11,000
 
Partner Summary
 
AVP Pro Beach Tour
Partner Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
Sara Hughes 9 1 1 3 0 0 1 2 $32,450 2,474.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Brittany Hochevar 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 $15,500 1,323.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 1 1 6 0 0 1 2 $47,950 3,797.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
 
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour
Partner Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
Sara Hughes 11 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 $35,750 1,780.0 0 3 0 0 1 0
Brittany Hochevar 7 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 $21,000 1,430.0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Kelly Reeves 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,000 120.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
April Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $750 60.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 20 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 $60,500 3,390.0 0 6 1 0 1 1
 
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Jr/Youth
Partner Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
Sara Hughes 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 $0 224.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 $0 224.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Overall
Partner Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st CQ
Sara Hughes 28 4 2 7 0 2 1 7 $81,125 4,868.0 0 3 0 1 1 0
Brittany Hochevar 11 0 1 3 1 1 0 1 $36,500 2,753.0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Kelly Reeves 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,000 120.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
April Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $750 60.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
 
Total 41 4 3 9 1 3 1 8 $121,375 7,801.0 0 6 1 1 1 1
 
 

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