U.S. Beach Volleyball Update for Nov. 28
Will Montgomery, in royal blue, poses with L.A. Kings players, from left, Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene, Davis Drewiske, Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) – U.S. beach volleyball player Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) introduced some cool customers to some fun in the sun a few weeks ago when he developed a workout for NHL players.
The five hockey players – Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene, Davis Drewiske, Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford – are all members of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. All are training with Troll Subin at The Yard Fitness Center in Hermosa Beach, Calif., during the current NHL lockout.
On Fridays, Subin likes to give the players a “wild card” workout to provide some variety.
One day Subin approached Montgomery, who also trains at The Yard along with several other U.S. beach volleyball players, about creating a beach volleyball workout for the Kings players.
“It was a cool gig,” Montgomery said. “They are all athletic guys and they were all up for the challenge.
“You could tell they are ready to get after it. They had played a little (beach volleyball) before. It was cool to see the hockey athleticism on the sand and how they move and how athletic they are.”
Montgomery, who also played indoor volleyball at UC Irvine, said he took the NHL players through a “basic conditioning and volleyball workout.
“Something that we might finish a day of training with to finish hard. That’s all Troll wanted. He wanted it to be fun and competitive and volleyball related to get their minds off hockey.”
2012 NORCECA BEACH CIRCUIT CONCLUDES IN ARUBA
Montgomery, who has medaled in the last three NORCECA Beach Circuit events, will try for a gold medal “hat trick” on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 when he will compete with Avery Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) at the final tournament of the season.
Montgomery won gold medals at the last two NORCECA beach events in St. Lucia (with Jon Mesko) and Trinidad & Tobago (with Tony Ciarelli). He took the silver in Chula Vista, Calif., the weekend of Sept. 28 with Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii).
On the women’s side, the No. 1 U.S. team will be two-time NORCECA medalist Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) and Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio). Ross won the silver medal in Chula Vista with Morgan Beck (Coto de Caza, Calif.). She won gold last weekend in Trinidad & Tobago with Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.). Hunkus took silver in Trinidad & Tobago with Traci Weamer (Upland, Calif.).
The second U.S. women’s team will be Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) while the second men’s team will be Matt Motter (Encinitas, Calif.) and Derek Olson (Eugene, Ore.). Both No. 2 U.S. teams are making their NORCECA debuts.
The double-gender event consists of brackets of two sixteen teams that will compete under a double-elimination format with a US$5,000 total purse per gender.
At the conclusion of the Aruba’s event, the NORCECA Confederation will present a US$5,000 prize of per gender to the 2012 top-ranked countries per gender.
The United States has secured the top place in the men’s division with an insurmountable 1,260 points but Canada (1,250), United States (1,240) and Mexico (1,080) are still in contention for the women’s top-ranked place.
The men’s field for Aruba includes Cuba’s Karell Peña and Sergio Gonzalez, winners in Chiapas, México and also at home in Varadero, as well as Mexico’s Juan Virgen, who won in Toluca with Lombardo Ontiveros, after finishing second in Chiapas with Aldo Miramontes.
The strong women’s field features Mexico’s two-time winner Bibi Candelas who claimed the titles of Cayman Islands and Toluca with Mayra Garcia, combining now with Martha Revuelta, whom she paired to win the bronze in Chula Vista.
Other strong teams are the Puerto Rico-A of Yarleen Santiago and Yamileska Yantin, who won in Boca Chica and Mayaguez and Costa Rica-A of Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro, who ended second in Boca Chica and Saint Lucia and came out third in Trinidad & Tobago.
CHINA BEACH EXHIBITION
U.S. beach volleyball players Traci Weamer (Upland, Calif.) and Sarah Day (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will compete Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in an FIVB exhibition tournament in Xinhui District, Jiangmen City in China.
LOOK BACK AT 2012 FIVB WORLD TOUR
A film capturing the key moments from the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour is now available for viewing on FIVB Web TV.
All 11 men’s and 12 women’s events are summarized in the 26-minute film, which also features interviews with top players and a Road To London segment about the 2012 Olympics.
To view the video, click here.