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Beach Teams Get Started at NORCECA

Oct. 04, 2013, 10 p.m. (ET)

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2013) – Two U.S. women’s teams and one U.S. men’s team went undefeated on the first day of pool play at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

The event is the eighth on the 2013 NORCECA Beach Circuit.

Nick Lucena receives the ball in Chula Vista
  Nick Lucena receives the ball during a match on Friday.

One of the earlier matches of the day saw two U.S. men’s teams face each other. Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) came out ahead of compatriots Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) and John Hyden, 21-15, 21-15.

“It’s terrible that we had to play the toughest team, I think, in the tournament for our first match, but what can you do?” Lucena said. “We used it as an opportunity. They are a tough team. This time it worked out in our favor.”

Brunner and Lucena won their second match in Pool H over Trinidad & Tobago’s Daniel Williams and Simon Blake, 21-10, 21-14. Hyden and Bourne also came back to win their second match, defeating Honduras’ Luis Coto and Manuel Serrano, 2-0 (21-10, 21-9).

Both U.S. women’s teams competing in Chula Vista went undefeated on Friday.

Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) swept the Mexico team of Vanessa Virgen and Stephanie Burnside, 2-0 (21-14, 21-14)  and El Salvador’s Laura Molina and Ivonne Soler, 2-0 (21-9, 21-19).

Sarah Day (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Kaitlin Nielsen (Santa Rosa, Calif.) swept Dominican Republic’s Diana Peguero and Nairobi Agramonte, 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) and Nadia Galán and Lourdes Ramírez of Guatemala, 2-0 (21-7, 21-15).

The third U.S. men’s team of Avery Drost (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) had to withdraw from the tournament after Drost injured himself going after a ball in a match against Canada.

Pool play will continue on Saturday along with the first round of single elimination play. Semifinals and finals will be played on Sunday.

Women
Pool A: PUR def CAN-A 2-1 (24-22, 14-21, 15-8), CRC def CAY 2-0 (21-13, 21-9), PUR def CAY 2-0 (21-17, 21-16), CAN-A def CRC 2-0 (24-22, 21-17). Pool B: USA-A def ESA 2-0 (21-9, 21-19), MEX-B def HON 2-0 (21-7, 21-11), ESA def HON 2-0 (21-8, 21-11), USA-A def MEX-B 2-0 (21-14, 21-14). Pool C: MEX-A def SKN 2-0 (21-12, 21-10, CRC def GUA 2-0 (21-18, 21-13), CRC def SKN 2-0 (21-18, 21-12), MEX-A def GUA-B 2-0 (21-9, 21-13). Pool D: CAN-B def GUA-A 2-0 (21-14, 22-20), USA-B def DOM 2-0 (21-16, 21-11), DOM def CAN-B 2-1 (21-18, 19-21, 15-12), USA-B def GUA-A 2-0 (21-7, 21-15).

Men
Pool E: GUA def NCA 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 10-15), MEX def GUA 2-0 (21-19, 21-12). NCA def ISV-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-13), MEX def ISV-B 2-0 (21-9, 21-12). Pool F: PUR def ISV-A 2-0 (21-12, 21-16), CAN def LCA 2-0 (26-24, 21-16), LCA def ISV-B 2-1 (17-21, 21-18, 15-12), PUR def CAN-B 2-0 (21-14, 21-14). Pool G: CAN-A def CRC 2-0 (21-9, 21-13), DOM def USA-C (forfeit), CRC def DOM 2-0 (21-13, 21-15), CAN-A def USA-C 2-0 (21-16, 22-20). Pool H: TTO def HON 2-0 (21-16, 21-17), USA-B def  USA-A 2-0 (21-15, 21-15).


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