Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year - Anna Collier, University of Southern California
Gulf Shores, AL (May 4, 2014) - It was a banner day for the USC Women of Troy, as their pair of Kirby Burnham and Sara Hughes defeated Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs of the University of Hawai'i in the championship match of the 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship on the same day that USC's Anna Collier was recognized as the 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year. Burnham and Hughes won the title in straight sets, winning by scores of 21-15, 21-13.
Burnham and Hughes entered the tournament as the number 4 seed, which featured 16 pairs seeded based on their play both throughout the season and during the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championships. It was the fourth overall meeting between the two pairs, with Hawai'i's Tiegs and Cook holding a 2-1 edge prior to this match, including a win in Friday's Team Championship event.
Burnham and Hughes played at the top flight for the USC team during both the regular season and the AVCA National Championship, and their dominating performance in the Pairs Championship match reflected their ranking. Burnham and Hughes used a combination of strong defense and effective attacking to make quick work of Tiegs and Cook.
Tiegs and Cook turned in a strong performance during their run to the runner-up position, defeating the second-seeded top pair from Florida State, Jace Pardon and Aurora Davis by a score of 2-0 in the semifinals round.
The AVCA is also honored to announce the members of the 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American team, as well as the 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year. The All-American team is comprised of pairs competitors that advance to the quarterfinal round of the Pairs Tournament, earning their spot on the team during play on Sunday morning. The AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year is voted on by the head coaches of all teams that competed during the 2014 season. This is the second year that the award has been given.