Americans Ross, Day catch gold


MISSION BEACH, Trinidad, November 18, 2012 - The USA-1 team of World University champions, Summer Ross and Emily Day lived up to their pre-tournament favourites billing by taking the gold medal in the tenth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit women’s competition at Mission Beach, Toco on Sunday.


Coming up against fellow Americans, Tealle Hunkus and Tracylyn Weamer (USA-2), in the gold medal under sunny and humid conditions and in front of a partisan crowd, Ross and Day stormed to a 21-17, 21-15 victory.


Earlier in the semifinal round, the USA-1 pairing overcame the stubborn Costa Rican duo of Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro, 21-16, 21-6 while Hunkus and Weamer stopped top ranked T&T duo, Nancy Joseph and Ayana Dyette, 21-18, 21-12.


In the bronze medal match, Morales and Alfaro overcame Joseph and Dyette 21-13, 21-10 as the locals secured a second straight fourth place among the women.


Commenting on her team’s win, Day said it was a great feeling to come out on top against her fellow Americans.


“We trained a lot together back in Los Angeles so we knew what to expect and knew it was going to be a tough match,” she said. “In addition, for USA to finish one-two we are very happy as this was our main goal coming into the tournament.”


Overall, Day who also won in Chula Vista with another partner in Heather Hughes said it is always fun to play against international opposition as compared to their regular US opponents.


The USA-1 captain also credited the local organizers for putting on a well run, fun filled tournament backed by a lively and appreciative crowd.


Sunday’s women results: Semifinals: USA-B d TRI-A 2-0 (21-18, 21-12); USA-A d CRC 2-0 (21-16, 21-16); Bronze medal: CRC d TRI-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-10). Gold medal: USA-A d USA-B 2-0 (21-17, 21-15).