Mayer, Prosser Crash Top-Seeds' Party in Miami

Sept. 17, 2011, 8:58 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2011) – John Mayer and Matt Prosser made it through the consolation bracket to crash a semifinal party of top seeds at the Miami Beach Pro, part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, produced by USA Volleyball and IMG.

After falling in their second-round match on Saturday, sixth-seeded Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Prosser (Ventura, Calif.) won three matches in consolation to advance to Sunday’s men’s semifinals, where they will have a rematch with third-ranked John Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Redondo Beach, Calif.), the team that beat them in the second round, 21-19, 21-11.

“We’ve played them four times this year and they’re 4-0 against us,” Mayer said. “They are the top team in the U.S. this year. They are both good servers, so we have to fight off their serves. They aren’t going to make mistakes, so we have to play them tough.”

Mayer admitted that the Miami weather - high heat and humidity - has made things difficult.

“The humidity is so much more than we get in Southern California,” he said. “I don’t train in this.”

In the other men’s semifinal, top-seeded Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) will face No. 2 Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.).

On the women’s side, 10th seeded local favorites Chara Harris (Sarasota, Fla.) and Megan Wallin (Siesta Key, Fla.), who upset seventh-seeded Jen Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Jess Gysin (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) on Friday, continued the upsets on Saturday by defeating second-seeded Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Hanson (Woodland Hills, Calif.), 21-16, 21-16.

However Harris and Wallin lost their third-round match to third-ranked Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), 21-15, 21-17.

In the consolation quarterfinals, Harris and Wallin fell to fourth-seeded Jenny Kropp (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.), 21-19, 15-21, 15-8.

Nevertheless, Wallin was happy with the progress she and Harris have made.

“We’re really happy with the way we’ve played this tournament,” said Wallin, who celebrated her 29th birthday on Saturday. “Our goal is to get better every tournament. Playing highly ranked teams is the only way you’re going to get better.”

Wallin was also pleased with getting to play in her home state.

“We love it,” she said. “We love playing in California, too. But it is great not having to take a plane flight.”

In Sunday’s women’s semifinals, top-seeded Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) will face Kropp and Pavlik while Fendrick and Hanson, who had to win three consolation matches on Saturday to advance, will play Branagh and Hochevar.
The semifinal matches are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The women's finals will be Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s finals at 3 p.m., which will be live on VERSUS.

The Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series kicked off at the $200,000 Manhattan Beach Open in Aug. 26-28.  Following the Miami Beach Pro, it moves to Hermosa Beach, Calif. on Sept. 23-25 for the $150,000 Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championship. The series offers a combined prize purse of $500,000, the most in the U.S. this year.

Women’s Entry List by Seed
1 April Ross/Jen Kessy
2 Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Hanson
3 Nicole Branagh/Brittany Hochevar
4 Jenny Kropp/Whitney Pavlik
5 Brooke Sweat/Kristen Batt
6 Heather Hughes/Emily Day
7 Jen Fopma/Jess Gysin
8 Christal Engle/Jennifer Snyder
9 Heather Lowe/Tealle Hunkus
10 Chara Harris/Megan Wallin
11 Kathryn Babcock/Erin Gray
12 Lisa Rutledge/Kim DiCello
13 Priscilla Lima/Angela Lewis
14 Annett Davis/Jennifer Johnson Jordan
15 Olaya Pazo/Kendra Van Zwieten
16 Traci Weamer/Michelle Moriarty

Men’s Entry List by Seed
1 Sean Rosenthal/Jake Gibb
2 Nick Lucena/Matt Fuerbringer
3 John Hyden/Sean Scott
4 Billy Allen/Bradley Keenan
5 Kevin Wong/Jesse Rambis
6 John Mayer/Matt Prosser
7 Ty Loomis/Ty Tramblie
8 Adrian Carambula/ Steven Grotowski
9 Ed Ratledge/Ryan Mariano
10 Russ Marchewka/Adam Roberts
11 Braidy Halverson/Matt Olson
12 Josh Binstock/Mark Van Zwieten
13 Evan Engle/Stafford Slick
14 Joey Dykstra/Stevo VanderWerp
15 Stephen Van Zwieten/ Mike DiPierro
16 Matt Henderson/Diogo Sousa