Knudsen/Spieler of USA-B first women semifinalists at Tavares



TAVARES, Florida, USA, September 12, 2015. – Delaney Knudsen and Katie Spieler of United States-B are the only semifinalists so far at the 5th stop of the NORCECA BVB 2015 Tour at the Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex in Tavares, as the event had to be suspended for safety measures.

Tavares was struck by lightning and thunderstorms, which forced the NORCECA officials and organizing committee to suspend Saturday’s actions, while pool-play and one quarterfinal match was completed.

In their first NORCECA ever, Delaney Knudsen and Katie Spieler of USA-B topped Pool B and downed the USA-C team of Jace Pardon and Vanessa Freire  by 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) in quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.

Delaney and Katie were very excited in reaching the women’s semifinals; Delany said “it’s our first Tour and we are super excited for the results. We knew battling Jace and Vanessa was going to be tough; we scrimmaged against them to prepare for the tournament. We know each other well and we are good friends, we had a lot of fun”.

Still to be completed are the quarterfinal matches between Kimberly Dicello/Kendra Vamzwieten of USA-A and Rachel Cockrell/Camille Saxton of CAN-A; Megan Nagy/ Marie Lapointe of CAN-B and Kristina Pellitieri/Julie Brown of USA-D; and Karen Cope/Ingrid Alfaro of Costa Rica and Mexico’s Zaira Orellana/Stephanie Burnside.

The event will continue on Sunday with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

Women Results Saturday Sep/12

QF: USA-B d USA-C 2-0 (21-16, 21-16);

Consolation: 13-16 ISV d HON 2-0 (22-20, 21-15); TTO d ANT 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 15-10) 9-12 USA-E d NCA 2-0 (21-17, 21-14); ESA d CRC-B 2-0 (22-20, 21-16);

Pool A USA-C d ANT 2-0 (21-9, 21-9); USA-A d NCA 2-0 (21-8, 21-13); Pool B CAN-A d ESA 2-0 (21-7, 21-12); USA-B d ISV 2-0 (21-9, 21-8); Pool C CRC-A d HON 2-0 (21-8, 21-14); USA-D d CRC-B 2-1 (21-15, 14-21, 15-11); Pool D MEX d TTO 2-0 (27-25, 21-8); CAN-B d USA-E 2-0 (21-15, 21-18).