U.S. Men's Beach Team Takes Silver Medal
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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Tri Bourne and Will Montgomery won the silver medal on Sunday at the 2012 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), the USA3 team, fell in the gold medal match to Canada’s Chaim Schalk and Benjamin Saxton, 21-16, 21-15 in 37 minutes on a hot and breezy day in Chula Vista.
“We played well. They’re just a really good team and they played really well in that match,” Montgomery said. “They’re the best in the tournament and they deserve the gold. We deserve our silver.”
Montgomery and Bourne finished the tournament 4-1 in matches and 8-2 in sets. Schalk and Saxton were 5-0 and 10-0.
Schalk and Saxton never trailed in the gold medal match, keeping Montgomery and Bourne at bay with consistent play in transition and tough blocking.
Canada also captured the bronze medal as the Canada2 team of Cameron Wheelan and Michael Plantiga defeated the USA5 team of Avery Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Jesse Rambis (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), 23-21, 29-27 in 55 minutes.
In the semifinals, Montgomery and Bourne defeated Drost and Rambis, 31-29, 21-19 in 55 minutes.
Both Montgomery and Drost had gone into the tournament knowing they had the potential to win a medal, even though they were playing just their second event together.
“I knew it could go either way,” Bourne said. “It all depended on how we played. If we played to our potential we could reach the podium and if not, we could be out the first day.”
Semifinals: CAN1 d CAN2 2-0 (21-11, 21-15), USA3 d USA5 2-0 (31-29, 21-19); Bronze medal: CAN2 d USA5 2-0 (23-21, 29-27); Gold medal: CAN1 d USA3 2-0 (21-16, 21-15)
Classification 13-16: TRI d TCI 2-0 (21-15, 21-6); ISV d CRC 2-1 (24-26, 21-11, 15-7)