Day and Ross Advance to Semifinals in Brazil

Sept. 15, 2012, 9:43 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 15, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Emily Day and Summer Ross has advanced to the semifinals of the World University Championships in Maceio, Brazil.

Among the other U.S. beach volleyball teams competing in Maceio, Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif./Long Beach State) and Geena Urango (Los Alamitos, Calif./Univ. of Southern California) placed fifth in the women’s bracket. The U.S. men’s team of Jeremy Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCLA) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) placed seventh while Adam Cabbage (Rio Rancho, N.M./Univ. of New Mexico) and Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif./UC Irvine) finished 13th.

Day (Torrance, Calif./Loyola Marymount) and Ross (San Diego, Calif./Pepperdine) will face Czech Republic’s Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerova and Barbora Hermannova in Sunday’s semifinals. The U.S. pair has already defeated the Europeans 21-17, 25-22 in Friday’s third round.

In Sunday’s other women’s semifinal, Chantal Laboureur and Anni Schumacher of Germany will play Spain’s Alejandra Simon and Cristina Hopf.

Hopf and Simon advanced to the semifinal from the consolation bracket, where they defeated Ledoux and Urango, 15-21, 24-22, 15-11 on Saturday, knocking them from the tournament.

Ledoux and Urango had to play in the consolation bracket after losing to Day and Ross in Saturday’s quarterfinals, 21-18, 20-22, 15-11.

Both U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams fell in consolation on Saturday as well.

Casebeer and Montgomery won consolation matches over Switzerland’s Fabio Berta and Alexei Prawdzic (21-18, 19-21, 15-12) and Germany’s Philipp Arne Bergmann and Malte Stiel (24-22, 16-21, 19-17).

However Casebeer and Montgomery finished seventh after falling to David Lenc and Ondrej Pridal of Czech Republic, 10-21, 21-18, 15-13.

Cabbage and Hughes lost to Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Cameron Wheelan of Canada in consolation on Saturday, 19-21, 21-10, 15-13.

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.

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