Day, Hughes Open NORCECA Undefeated

Oct. 01, 2011, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 1, 2011) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Emily Day and Heather Hughes won its first two matches on Friday at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Meanwhile the U.S. men’s team of Andy McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Avery Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) opened the tournament with two losses.

Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) opened pool play with a 21-8, 21-7 victory in 33 minutes over Jamie Farley and Valissia Brathwaite of the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. pair followed that with a 21-18, 21-11 win over the Mexico 3 team of Vanessa Virgen and Ana Rios. Day and Hughes will return to Puerto Vallarta on Oct. 16-22 to compete at the Pan American Games.

McGuire and Drost dropped their first match to Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodríguez and Christopher Underwood, 24-22, 23-21 in 49 minutes. They fell in their second match to Canada’s Christian Redmann and Benjamin Saxton, 18-21, 21-18, 15-11 in 58 minutes.

Play continued on Saturday for both teams.