Emily Day, Brittany Hochevar dominate to win AVP final – Orange County Register

HERMOSA BEACH – Top-seeded Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day lost the first set to Geena Urango and Angela Bensend in their quarterfinals match Saturday at the Hermosa Beach Open. Hochevar and Day must have learned something from that because they won the next two sets to advance to the semifinals, then defeated fourth-seeded Urango and Bensend in straight sets in Sunday’s championship match in front of 2,800 on Stadium Court.
Scores were 21-17, 21-13.
Indeed, it was a dominant win with match point coming on an ace by Hochevar, who played for Long Beach State.
It was a special victory for both. Day, out of West High in Torrance, remembers watching the Hermosa Beach Open one year and then finding out that the women’s winners had then gone out to “party in the bars and dance on the tables.”
“I came home and said, ‘Mom, I want to do that one day. I want to win Hermosa Beach, I want to go with all my family and friends and go get some drinks,’ ” Day said, smiling ear to ear.
Day had 12 kills, three blocks and two aces. Hochevar came through with 14 kills and eight digs.
Day, 29, said she and Hochevar did indeed learn something from that one set they lost to Urango and Bensend on Saturday, thanks to Coach Hector Gutierrez-Hernandez.
“Absolutely, Hector did a great job of scouting them from the game that we played them and the rest of the tournament,” Day said. “We know they’re a great team. I think we really dialed in our blocking and defense and where we wanted to put the serve and it turned out in our favor.”
As she relaxed in her player’s chair following the victory and subsequent celebration, Hochevar marveled at what it means to win at Hermosa Beach, which returned with the AVP for the first time since 2010.
“This is big for our confidence, this is big to win at home,” said Hochevar, 36. “We’re back in Hermosa, the AVP is stronger than it’s been since I can remember.
“And I’m so thankful that I can play on my home turf and put on and display the gifts God has given me. What a platform, what a time.”
Urango, out of Los Alamitos and USC, had 12 kills and six digs but hit just 10 percent. Bensend had 11 kills and two digs.
The first set was tied 17-17 and it appeared Urango and Bensend might have a chance to emerge with that one because they had all the momentum after being down 13-8.
Forget it. Day and Hochevar scored the next four points, the set-winner coming on a kill by Hochevar.
Urango and Bensend were within 12-10 in…

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