Lambert, LeGrande reach Chicago semis
Lee LeGrande and Mike Lambert upset third-seeded Eduardo Bacil and Frederico Souza in the third round en route to earning a berth in the final four of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Nissan U.S. Championships of Beach Volleyball yesterday at North Avenue Beach, Chicago.
LeGrande, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Lambert, of Honolulu, defeated Bacil and Souza, 21-13, 22-20, in a winner's bracket match. In the quarterfinals, LeGrande and Lambert, Punahou graduates, defeated Sean Scott, another Punahou graduate, and Todd Rogers, 21-15, 24-22. Scott and Rogers play Carl Henkel and Casey Jennings in an elimination match today, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
LeGrande and Lambert, seeded sixth, play the winner of a sixth-round (losers bracket) match in today's semifinals. Top-seeded Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren also advanced through the winner's bracket into the semifinals.
Punahou graduates Kevin Wong and Stein Metzger were eliminated in the fourth round by Brent Doble and Karch Kiraly, 21-10, 21-16. Doble and Kiraly were later eliminated by Bacil and Souza, 21-19, 21-19. Bacil and Souza will play Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh today.
The finals are scheduled to be broadcast on KHNL-8 at 8 this morning.
Vandervoort wins twice: Maui's Chris Vandervoort won two heats yesterday to advance to the fourth round of the Oxbow World Longboard Championship at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The entire second round and half of the third round were completed yesterday in clean 4-foot waves.
Vandervoort defeated John Lee Ryan of Great Britain in the second round, then Ian Bell of Australia in the third round.
Four other Hawai'i surfers are still in contention, and have yet to complete their third-round heats: Bonga Perkins, Duane DeSoto, Dino Miranda and Rusty Keaulana.
Keaulana, a three-time former world champion, posted the top score of the second round (17.65 out of 20). He had rides of 8.9 and 8.75 in his victory over California's Josh Baxter.
Perkins and Miranda, who are cousins, are scheduled to face each other in the third round.
Three Hawai'i surfers were eliminated yesterday: Keegan Edwards lost in the second round; Kekoa Uemura and Noah Shimabukuro in the third round. Shimabukuro was eliminated by defending world champ Colin McPhillips.