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