Sara Elizabeth Hughes (born February 14, 1995) is an American beach volleyball player. With teammate Summer Ross, she achieved a career-high world ranking of No. 9 in August 2018. Hughes has won three tournaments on the AVP Pro Tour, as well as one gold and two bronze medals on the FIVB World Tour. Hughes began her beach volleyball training in Huntington Beach, California, at the age of eight. As a junior, she partnered with Kelly Claes to win bronze medals at the 2013 U19 and 2014 U21 World Championships. Her partnership with Claes continued through college, where the pair won 103 consecutive collegiate matches and led the USC Trojans to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017. Soon after turning professional in mid-2017, Hughes and Claes became the youngest team to win an AVP event when they won the season-ending Championship. Hughes split from Claes in early 2018 and teamed up with S. Ross. In their first year playing together, Hughes and S. Ross won their first World Tour title and entered the top ten of the world rankings. Hughes is a right-side defender and has been noted for her speed and willingness to chase down balls. She is the 2017 FIVB Top Rookie.