U.S. Beach Volleyball Teams Go 6-1 in Dominican
| Brittany Hochevar, left, passes to partner Summer Ross during a match on March 29 in the Dominican Republic.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 29, 2013) – Four U.S. beach volleyball teams combined for a record of 6-1 on Friday, the first day of the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
The two U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams are undefeated after one day of play. The USA-A team of Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) defeated Deborah Constanzo and Karla Montilla of Dominican Republic-B, 21-2, 21-15, before prevailing, 21-19, 19-21, 15-8, over Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney of Canada-B.
The USA-B team of Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) began its day with a tough victory in three sets (23-25, 21-18, 15-13) over Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas of Canada-A and closed the action with a 21-8, 21-10 win over Honduras’ Gina Flores and Martha Euceda.
On the men’s side, Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) and John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) of USA-A had little trouble defeating the Dominican Republic-C team of Luis Rodriguez and Francisco Arredondo, 21-7, 21-3.
The USA-B men’s team of Avery Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) suffered the only U.S. loss of the day, 21-13, 21-17 to Mexico’s Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros. However Drost and Montgomery came back to defeat Julian Bissette and Joseph Clercent of St. Lucia, 21-18, 21-12 in their second match.
The preliminary phase will continue on Saturday to complete pool play and play will conclude on Sunday with the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches.
For more information about the NORCECA Beach Circuit, visit NORCECA.net.