Bennett-Evans earn ‘AAA’ at CBVA Marine Street tourney

Santa Barbarans Dillan Bennett and Miles Evans earned their California Beach Volleyball Association AAA rating by finishing third at the Marine Street AAA Tournament on Saturday in Manhattan Beach.

Bennett-Evans were beaten in the semifinals by eventual champions and AVP players John Moran and Everett Matthews (28-17). The local team reached the final four by knocking off Kyle Stevenson-Alex Jones (28-24) and Santa Barbaran Ric Cervantes-Parker Kalmbach (28-25). They suffered only one loss in pool play, falling to tourney runners-up Curt Toppel and Jesse Rambis.

Bennett and Evans are both Dos Pueblos alums. Evans, 22, plays outside hitter for the UCSB men?s team. Prior to UCSB he ?was a standout player at SBCC. Bennett, 20, is the boys volleyball coach at Laguna Blanca School, a coach with the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club, and recently was named a coach with USA Volleyball beach program.

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