Locals fail to qualify for AVP main draw

Jeremy Casebeer prepares to serve a ball during AVP qualifying tournament. Casebeer and partner Andy McGuire lost their last match and didn't advance to the main draw at the Santa Barbara Open.

Jeremy Casebeer prepares to serve a ball during AVP qualifying tournament. Casebeer and partner Andy McGuire lost their last match and didn’t advance to the main draw at the Santa Barbara Open.

It was a tough day for the seeded local men?s teams in the AVP Qualifier on Thursday at West Beach.

Second-seeded Jeremy Casebeer and Andy McGuire and No. 3 Will Montgomery and Avery Drost fell one victory short of advancing to today?s main draw for the AVP Santa Barbara Open.

Will Montgomery passes a ball during qualifying match at the AVP Santa Barbara Open.

Will Montgomery passes a ball during qualifying match at the AVP Santa Barbara Open.

Casebeer (Santa Barbara High alum) and McGuire (UCSB alum) lost to Russ Marchewka and Derek Olson, 21-16, 21-14. Montgomery (SBHS alum) and Avery Drost (Westmont) fell to Mike Placek-Austin Rester, 22-20, 21-14.

The other two qualifiers are Brian Bomgren-Tim Bomgren and Bill Strickland-Aaron Wachtfogel. The top-seeded qualifying team of Matt Olson and Ed Ratledge was knocked out in the second round of play on Thursday.

The women?s qualifiers are Olaya Pazo-Kendra Van Zwieten, Sarah Day-Kaitlin Nielsen, Erin Gray-Heather Lowe and Andrea Peterson-Tanya White. Peterson-White get to play Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in the first round Friday.

In the completion of the St. Petersburg, Fla. final, second-seeded Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, beat seventh-seeded Theo Brunner (UCSB) and Nick Lucena, 22-20, 21-19. The teams picked up the match in the second set. Gibb-Patterson were leading when severe weather in Florida forced the final to be suspended.

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