Day, Hughes Win Silver Medal in Puerto Vallarta

Oct. 03, 2011, 5:01 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 3, 2011) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Emily Day and Heather Hughes won the silver medal on Sunday at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) opened play on Sunday by defeating Canada’s Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney, 25-23, 25-23 in 50 minutes.

In the gold medal match, Day and Hughes fell to Mexico’s Mayra Garcia and Bibiana Candelas, 17-21, 21-13, 16-14 in 1 hour.

It was Day and Hughes' second international silver medal this season. The team also won silver at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Day and Hughes, who won $1,000 for their second-place finish, will return to Puerto Vallarta on Oct. 16-22 to compete at the Pan American Games along with the U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Mark Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Andrew Fuller (Hermosa Beach, Calif.).