Theo Brunner and Nick Lucena fought off a challenge from
CHULA VISTA, California, October 6, 2013 –The USA-B team of Theo
Brunner and Nick Lucena fought off a challenge from compatriots
Tri Bourne and John Hyden of USA-A on Sunday to win the men’s
title, 21-19, 17-21, 15-13 at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event at
the U.S Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
In the bronze medal match, Puerto Rico’s Hector Soto and Roberto
Rodriguez defeated the Canada-B pair of Michael Plantiga and
Cameron Wheelan, 21-19, 17-21, 15-12.
Brunner and Lucena finished the tournament with a 5-0 match
record and 10-1 in sets. Lucena hoped the win would set the team
on a better course for the end of the season.
“I’m hoping to finish the year strong and playing well with
Theo,” Lucena said. “Theo has only been playing a couple months
and he’s getting better every tournament. This is a good
tournament for us because we’ve had two bad tournaments in a
After Brunner and Lucena won the first set, they fell behind
Bourne and Hyden in the second set, 10-3 and went on to lose
“I figured it would go three. We didn’t play well in the second
set and they made a lot of plays,” Lucena said. “We just got
lucky in the third set, to tell you the truth. They’re a good
In Sunday’s men’s semifinals, Brunner and Lucena beat Plantiga
and Wheelan, 21-16, 21-18 while Bourne and Hyden defeated
Rodriguez and Soto, 21-18, 21-15.
The NORCECA Beach Circuit will move on to St. Lucia on Oct.
Semifinals: USA-A d PUR 2-0 (21-18, 21-15), USA-B d CAN-B
2-0 (21-16, 21-18)