FIU freshman Abbie Hughes named to Beach Volleyball list

Thursday, March 14, 2019 0 Comments

Florida International University’s beach volleyball freshman Abbie Hughes was named to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Preseason Watch List, the league recently announced during its meeting.
Hughes begins her first season with the FIU beach volleyball program following a stellar freshman indoor season for the Panthers and comes to FIU after being named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Beach Volleyball Second Team All-American during high school.
Hughes played for the Ohio Valley Beach Volleyball Academy (OVBVA)/Next Level during her prep career in Mason, Ohio. At the OVBVA, Hughes won back-to-back Beach Fest Gulf Shores Tournaments, finished first in two AVP Next events and placed second in the USA National Championship.
The Panthers season started last month against Saint Leo during the first day of the Stetson University Spring Fling in DeLand, Florida. FIU closed out the day against Eckerd before ending the weekend against No. 17 Stetson and No. 13 Georgia State.
Last season, the Panthers posted a 23-12 record, and a 7-3 mark in Coastal Collegiate Sports Association play, advancing to their first-ever NCAA Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. FIU finished the year ranked No. 9 in the final AVCA poll, and No. 10 in the final DiG Magazine rankings.

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