COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2012) – The U.S. under-26 beach teams competing at the World University Championships have all advanced to the second round of double-elimination at the end of play on Thursday in Maceio, Brazil.
On the men’s side, the U.S. team of Jeremy Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCLA) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) will get a chance to avenge Wednesday’s pool play loss to Brazil’s Benjamin Álvaro Filho and Luciano Gilmário in the second round on Friday.
On Thursday, Casebeer and Montgomery lost their third pool play match to Poland’s Piotr Janiak and Sebastian Sobczak, 21-10, 21-9. However, they came back in the first round of double-elimination to defeat Japan’s Dogi and Sato, 22-20, 21-14.
The other U.S. men’s team of Adam Cabbage (Rio Rancho, N.M./Univ. of New Mexico) and Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif./UC Irvine) won their final pool play match on Thursday, defeating Duarte and Jorge of Paraguay, 21-13, 21-11. In the first round, the U.S. duo beat Roberto Frazzoni and Felipe Gomez of Chile, 21-19, 19-21, 15-9.
Cabbage and Hughes will play Bergmann and Stiel of Germany in the second round on Friday.
The U.S. women’s team of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif./Loyola Marymount) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif./Pepperdine) defeated China’s Xu and Huang in their final pool play match on Thursday, 21-17, 12-21, 15-7. On Friday, they will play Russia’s Elizaveta Ryabova and Maria Ushkova.
The U.S. women’s team of Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif./Long Beach State) and Geena Urango (Los Alamitos, Calif./Univ. of Southern California) won its final pool play match on Thursday, defeating Switzerland’s Muriel Grassli and Tanja Huberli, 19-21, 21-13, 15-11.
In the first round, Ledoux and Urango topped Yghirda Sanabria and Karina Morel of Paraguay, 21-13, 21-11.
Ledoux and Urango will face Kaila Ng and Alexandra Hudson of Canada in the second round on Friday.
More than 40 teams representing 17 countries from the Americas, Europe and Asia are participating in this International University Sports Federation (FISU) event. Players from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, Japan, Poland, China, Slovakia, Thailand, Russia, Spain, United States, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Austria and Chinese Taipei are competing.
The U.S. women’s team of Chrissie Zartman and Tracy Lindquist won the gold medal at the World University Championships in 2004. The U.S. men’s team of Mark VanZweiten and Joey Dykstra won the bronze medal at the 2008 Championships while John Mayer and Matt Prosser took bronze in 2006.
Photo Information: Emily Day receives the ball during a 2011 FIVB World Tour event in Quebec. Photo courtesy of the FIVB
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