Fuerbringer, Lucena Advance to Morocco Semis

Oct. 08, 2011, 3:55 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2011) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena has advanced to the semifinals of the Morocco Open, the final men’s event on the FIVB Swatch World Tour 2011.

Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.), ranked 11th, will face Germany’s top-seeded Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann in Sunday’s first semifinal. The winner will pay the winner of the second semifinal between Netherlands’ 15th-ranked Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil and Brazil’s 17th-seeded Pedro Salgado and Rhooney Ferramenta.

Fuerbringer and Lucena opened play on Saturday with a fourth-round loss to Nummerdor and Schuil, 16-21, 22-20, 15-8) in 1 hour, 1 minute. They came back in consolation to defeat Brazil’s Marcio Araujo and Benjamin Insfran, 20-22, 21-15, 15-12 to reach the semifinals.

The U.S. team of 23rd-ranked Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Kevin Wong (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished the tournament tied for seventh on Saturday after falling to Salgado and Ferramenta, 21-19, 21-16 in 43 minutes. Ironically, Salgado played with Jennings on Sept. 24-25 to win the Hermosa Beach Open, the final event of the 2011 Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series. Wong was one of the television commentators for the men’s final match.

It is the first time ever that the FIVB Swatch World Tour stops in Morocco. The north-African country did host three challengers earlier, in Casablanca in 2004, 2005 and 2006. South Africa is the only other African nation who hosted World Tour events – in 1995, 2004 and 2005 in Cape Town and in Durban in 1996.

The $190,000 single-gender Morocco Open is the 14th and final men’s event of the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour. The women finish next month with their 16th event in Phuket, Thailand. 

For more information on the Morocco Open, click here.