Brief chants of “USA! USA!” began in the stadium court for the last match of the day, featuring the only Americans left, John Hyden and Theo Brunner.
But the cheers faded, along with the hopes of Hyden and Brunner, as the late afternoon wind toyed with their sets and the sun set on the U.S. in the FIVB Huntington Beach Open.
American teams on Friday defended their home sand well, but on Saturday, the U.S. men and women failed to advance to Sunday’s semifinals. Hyden and Brunner lost 21-10, 21-17 to Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands.
“We wanted to do it for the fans, so we could have a U.S. team in the semis … we didn’t get it done,” Hyden said....