B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 26, 2012) – The U.S. men’s team of David Smith (Denver, Colo.) and Skylar del Sol (Elizabeth, Colo.) reached the semifinals of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour on Saturday in Toluca, Mexico.
The U.S. pair was 2-0 in the double elimination tournament when it fell Saturday to Cuba’s Karell Piña and Sergio Gonzalez, 21-18, 21-14. Smith and del Sol came back in consolation to defeat Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Michael Plantinga of Canada 2, 21-15, 14-21, 16-14.
On Sunday, Smith and del Sol will face the Mexico-1 team of Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen in the semifinals. The other semifinal will see Piña and Gonzalez play Puerto Rico 1’s Erick Haddock and Roberto Rodriguez.
JOSE CUERVO PRO BEACH SERIES
The first event of the 2012 Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series will conclude Sunday as top seeds on both the men’s and women’s sides appear headed for showdowns in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
On the women’s side, the No. 1-seeded team of Lauren Fendrick (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Brooke Hanson (Ventura, Calif.) is also undefeated and will go against fourth-seeded Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Meyers, Fla.) on Sunday for a shot at the semifinals.
The No. 2 ranked women’s team of Jenny Kropp (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Hills, Calif.) will play No. 3 Nicole Branagh (Torrance, Calif.) and Tyra Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Florida) to try for the other women’s semifinal position.
Pepperdine’s Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), seeded 27th, scored the biggest upset of the day when they defeated No. 6 Kristen Batt (Venice, Fla.) and Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio) in the first round, 21-18, 21-19.
The collegiate duo then upset No. 22 Marcela Gamarra (Miami, Fla.) and Brittany Tiegs (Stuart, Fla.), 17-21, 21-17, 15-11.
Branagh and Turner, ended the run with a 21-17, 21-19 victory over Ross and Hill, who then fell to Diane Copenhagen and Michelle Moriarty in the consolation bracket, 22-20, 14-21, 15-13. Ross and Hill finished tied for ninth.
In the men’s bracket, the No. 1-seeded team of John Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Redondo Beach, Calif.) is undefeated after three rounds and will take on No. 5 Billy Allen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Russ Marchewka (San Diego, Calif.) on Sunday for the chance to move into the semifinals.
The No. 2-seeded men’s team of Brad Keenan (Santa Ana, Calif.) and John Mayer (Culver City, Calif.) is also undefeated and will play No. 6 Adrian Carambula (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Braidy Halverson (Grass Valley, Calif.) on Sunday for a semifinal berth.
Events on the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series are produced by IMG and sanctioned by USA Volleyball.
Matches from Fort Lauderdale are being live streamed at www.josecuervoprobeachvolleyballseries.com/Broadcast/LIVE_Webcast.htm.