U.S. Beach Teams Pull Upsets on First Day

By BJ Evans | July 24, 2014, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 23, 2014) – U.S. men’s beach teams went 5-1 while women’s teams went 7-5 on Wednesday at the World Series of Beach Volleyball, an FIVB Grand Slam in Long Beach, Calif.

Wednesday saw the opening of main draw pool play for both men and women at the event. Women’s teams played two matches while men’s teams played one. Pool play for both genders will be completed on Thursday. Finals for both genders will be played on Sunday.

The WSOBV is one of only two Grand Slams this season with a million-dollar prize purse. The event is free.

U.S. teams had a couple upset wins on Wednesday.

On the men’s side, No. 25 Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) defeated Spain’s No. 8 Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira, 21-17, 19-21, 15-13.

“We played well today in most facets of the game and I think we kept them a little off-balance in their regular game,” Rogers said. “We are continuing to improve as a team and when we effectively work our game plan the results have been pretty positive. Now we need to sustain our effort and performance for a lot more matches.”

For the women, No. 22 Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) upset Australia’s No. 11 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, 21-18, 18-21, 15-8.

Women’s teams that went undefeated on Wednesday were No. 1 April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.); No. 12 Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and No. 13 Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.).

Besides Rogers and Brunner, teams on the men’s side that won were No. 1 Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.); No. 7 Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.Y.); No. 11 John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) and No. 12 Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.).