Three U.S. Beach Teams Surge in Guatemala
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2013) – Two U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams and one men’s team went undefeated on Friday on the first day of the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Guatemala.
| Whitney Pavlik dives for the ball as partner Jenny Kropp watches
on Friday in Guatemala
The event is the third on the NORCECA beach tour this year.
The women’s USA-1 team of Jenny Kropp (Grand Island, Neb.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) won its only pool play match of the day, defeating the Canada-2 team of Victoria Altamore and Sophie Bukovec, 21-17, 21-16 in 34 minutes. Kropp and Pavlik will complete pool play on Saturday against Jamie Farley and Laurie Bachler of the Virgin Islands.
The women’s USA-2 team of Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) won their three-team pool with a 2-0 record on Friday. Hochevar and Day defeated the Trinidad & Tobago-1 team of Elki Phillip and Apphia Glasgow, 21-8, 21-4 in 23 minutes. Hochevar and Day beat the Honduras team of Gina Flores and Martha Euceda, 21-5, 21-4 in 22 minutes.
The women’s first round will also be played on Saturday.
On the men’s side, the USA-1 team of John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.) won two matches in its four-team pool on Friday. The U.S. pair beat the Puerto Rico-2 team of Hector Soto and Victor Rivera, 21-16, 21-16 in 35 minutes. It defeated the Nicaragua pairing of Rubén Mora and Miguel Lopez, 21-13, 21-15 in 25 minutes.
Mayer and Slick will complete pool play on Saturday against El Salvador-2 team of Carlos Guatemala and Armando Guatemala. The men’s first round will also begin on Saturday.
The USA-2 men’s team of Joey Dykstra (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Andy McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) struggled on Friday, losing to the Guatemala-1 team of Andy Leonardo and Eric Garrido, 21-18, 21-17 in 31 minutes. Dykstra and McGuire also fell to the Puerto Rico-1 team of Roberto Rodriguez and Erik Haddock, 18-21, 21-17, 15-6 in 45 minutes.
Dykstra and McGuire will close out pool play on Saturday against the Canada-2 team of Michael Plantinga and Cameron Wheelan.