AVP Gold Series – The Championships in Chicago
- Oak Street Beach; Chicago, Illinois
- Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2018
- Qualifier Bracket
- Main Draw Bracket
No. 9 Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk pulled off the upset of the day, sending top seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena to the contender’s bracket with a tiebreak win in Round 3 on Friday to remain in the winner’s bracket final four.
Also pulling off upset on the day were No. 12 Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun, who bested No. 5 Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty in the second round (21-18, 16-21, 15-12). The pair ran into a buzzsaw in No. 4 Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez in Round 3, however.
Qualifiers Bruno Amorim/Skylar del Sol won their first main draw match against No. 15 Troy Field/Chase Frishman (26-24, 21-19), earning a matchup with No. 2 Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (21-13, 21-18).
Qualifiers Kyle Friend/Myles Muagututia also won their opening match on Friday, topping Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin (21-18, 21-18), but ran into Dalhausser/Lucena in Round 2 (21-18, 21-14).
Rounding out the top four teams in the winner’s bracket were No. 3 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy, who posted wins over No. 14 Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (21-15, 18-21, 15-8) and No. 11 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (21-16, 21-19).
Only Steven Roschitz/Silla Tucker remain of the qualifiers after the pair won via forfeit against Duncan Budinger/John Hyden in the first contender’s bracket match.
On the women’s side, qualifiers Cassie House/Molly Turner, Mackenzie Ponnet/Brittany Tiegs and Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil each won their opening main draw matches. House Turner did so in tiebreak, rallying past No. 12 Lane Carico/Bree Scarbrough (19-21, 21-15, 17-15). Ponnet/Tiegs topped No. 11 Janelle Allen/Kerri Schuh (21-18, 21-16), while new pair for the weekend Cannon/Sponcil won 21-16, 21-12 over No. 15 Lara Dykstra/Sheila Shaw.
The win streaks ended for all three teams in Round 2 of the main draw. Cannon/Sponcil gave it their best shot, before being edged by No. 2 Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (21-18, 14-21, 15-10).
Claes/Hochevar turned around and lost their next match as No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves won their third match of the day, issuing a 21-17, 21-17 loss to the No. 2 seed.
Pulling off a slight upset in Round 3 to make the winner’s final four were No. 5 Kelly Larsen/Emily Stockman, who crept past No. 4 Emily Day/Betsi Flint 21-16, 13-21, 15-13.
Top seeded Summer Ross/Sara Hughes had to rally for their opening victory of the tournament, edging out No. 16 Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon 19-21, 21-13, 15-9, but were back on solid ground with a straight set victory over No. 8 Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock.
No. 3 Alix Klineman/April Ross also had to make it through a tiebreak match to stay alive in the contender’s bracket, getting past No. 14 Corinne Quiggle/Kim Smith 21-14, 19-21, 15-12 before besting No. 6 Nicole Branagh/Caitlin Ledoux (21-14, 21-13).
In the contender’s bracket, four qualifiers picked up opening round victories. In addition to Cannon/Sponcil, who won 17-21, 21-81, 15-13 over fellow qualifiers Delaney Knudsen/Jessica Sykora. Ponnet/Tiegs also advanced in tiebreak over Carico/Scarbrough. House/Turner bounced back with a 21-19, 21-13 win over Allen/Schuh. Falyn Fonoimoana/Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima dropped their opening main draw match, but remain in the game after a 21-13, 21-19 win over Quiggle/Smith.