Name: Kelly Claes
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Placentia, Calif.
High School: El Dorado High
College: USC (2017; sociology)
World Championship Experience
  • 2017 Beach World Championships (9th with Sara Hughes)
  • 2014 U21 World Championships (bronze with Sara Hughes)
  • 2013 U19 World Championships (bronze with Sara Hughes)
Other Career Highlights
  • Opened 2019 with silver medal at FIVB four-star event in The Hague with Sarah Sponcil
  • Won the NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship with USC in 2016 and '17
  • With Sara Hughes, won gold at the 2016 World University Games, bronze at the 2014 U21 World Championships and bronze at the 2013 U19 World Championships
  • Made her professional debut at the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Sara Hughes, they finished 33rd
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  • In September of 2018, Claes joined Sarah Sponcil and the pair finished third at the FIVB four-star in Qinzhou, China. They later finished ninth at the FIVB four-star in Las Vegas
  • In 2018, Claes competed in six FIVB events with Brittany Hochevar. They won silver at the four-star in Xiamin, China. In the AVP, Claes and Hochevar competed in six events with one second place (in Manhattan Beach) and five thirds
  • Finished 2017 with third-place finish at FIVB three-star in Qinzhou, China with April Ross
  • In 2017, Claes and Hughes had two fifth-place finishes on the FIVB World Tour; and one first and one third-place finish on the domestic AVP Tour
  • In 2017, Claes won her first AVP tournament in Chicago with Hughes, becoming the youngest team to win at AVP
  • Made her official professional debut, post graduation, at the 2017 FIVB Rio four-star event, tying for a career best fifth on May 20 with Sara Hughes
  • Finished ninth with Sara Hughes at the 2016 Long Beach Grand Slam, her best FIVB World Tour finish at the time
  • With Sara Hughes, won the 2016 World University Games in Estonia, their best finish at a youth aged championship as a team and individually
  • On the AVP Tour between 2014-16, has won one silver and two bronze with Hughes
  • Made her professional international debut in 2014 at NORCECA Boqueron, winning silver with Hughes
  • Won the 2015 AVCA Sand Championships pair title with Sara Hughes
  • Began her beach career at USC in 2014 after graduating from El Dorado High in Placentia, Calif., a semester early
  • In 2013, won the USAV Beach HP Championships and Junior Beach Tour Santa Monica Open with Hughes
  • Member of the 2012 U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team
Personal: Kelly Marie Claes born in 1995 in Fullerton, Calif.... Parents are Paul and Quincy Claes... Paul played baseball for two years at San Diego State... Has two brothers (Ben and Danny) and one sister (Kristi)... Lists Karch Kiraly as her biggest sports hero... Graduated from high school a semester early to join USC's beach volleyball program... Has played sitting volleyball at the USAV Open National Championships... Calls herself a Comic Con Conqueror, video game lover, DND addict and anime enthusiast
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