Mikasa and two-time NCAA Beach Volleyball Champion, Sara Hughes, have entered into a sponsorship agreement through 2020. “Mikasa Corporation is extremely proud to begin our sponsorship with Ms. Sara Hughes, who is an exceptional beach volleyball athlete. We look forward to being a part of her continued success in the future,” said Mr. Yuji Saeki, President of Mikasa Corporation. Sara, a recent graduate of USC, was a dominant force in the collegiate circuit: 140 wins, 4 losses. She is that extremely rare athlete that makes the sport look so easy, which it’s anything but. Her success has not come overnight or without tremendous sacrifice, hard work and determination. Sara has worked hard at perfecting her craft since she was very young, and will be a serious threat on the international and domestic tours for years to come. Mikasa recognizes and praises Sara’s numerous accolades and successes, and will strongly support her desire to be the best on the beach.

Sara is also a great role model and ambassador for youth athletes playing this dynamic and growing sport. Sara routinely volunteers her time by coaching young athletes with the same passion she brings to every professional match she plays.

As full-time participants on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour for the first time, Sara Hughes and her partner Kelly Claes, American collegiate champions from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles finished as one of the top 16 women’s teams on the international circuit by winning 18 of 31 matches at seven events with Hughes being named as the Rookie of the Year and Claes also receiving votes.