A Southern California native, Geena Urango began her path to professional beach volleyball success at the age of 11. Ambidextrous, athletically gifted, highly competitive, and standing nearly six feet tall, Urango is the prototypical pro volleyball player from head to toe.
In 2006, Urango led Los Alamitos High School to a California Interscholastic Federation Division I State Championship and was named Most Valuable Player. She also competed as part of the 2005-2006 U.S. Youth National Team. On the heels of those successes, Urango was named to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 for 2007.
Urango burst onto the collegiate indoor volleyball scene the same year at the University of Southern California (USC). She recorded 40 aces during her freshman campaign – seventh all-time in a single season for Trojan Women’s Volleyball. A defensive specialist and outside hitter, she was named to the First Team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic squad during her senior year. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Post-graduation, she earned USC’s first scholarship for the school’s sand volleyball team. Alongside Sara Shaw, she placed fifth in the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships and earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Management.
Her professional career began in earnest during the 2014 season, when she competed in six Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) beach volleyball events. She hit her stride with partner Angela Bensend in 2016, when the pair finished the season ranked at #3. That same year, Urango won AVP’s award for Most Improved Player.
Since 2014, Urango has finished in the AVP top 10 four out of six seasons.
In October 2019, she teamed with Karissa Cook, Emily Hartong, and Kelly Reeves to win the Women’s Team 4x4 beach volleyball tournament at the ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar.
Urango’s personal interests include travel, art, photography, and snowboarding. She describes herself as a pitbull advocate.