AVP New York Semis to Feature Top 3 Men’s, Women’s Pairs

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 09th, 2018 | AVP Tour, News, Pro Beach

AVP New York City Gold Series

The semifinals are set for the New York City Gold Series event with seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 set to vie for the title in both the men’s and women’s events.

Top seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, No. 2 Theo Brunner/John Hyden, No. 3 Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, and fifth seeded Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty are the final four on the men’s side.

Dalhausser/Lucena and Crabb/Gibb made it through the winner’s bracket, each tallying three victories to make the semis. On Saturday, Dalhausser/Lucena bested Allen/Doherty in tiebreak (21-16, 20-22, 16-14) to move on, while Crabb/Gibb outlasted Brunner/Hyden 21-18, 17-21, 15-11.

Allen/Doherty dropped to the contender’s bracket, where they bested No. 7 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy in straight sets. Brunner/Hyden played their way back in with a straight set win over No. 10 Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal.

In the semis, it will be Allen/Doherty vs. Crabb/Gibb at 10:15 a.m., followed Dalhausser/Lucena vs. Brunner/Hyden.

Dalhausser/Lucena won the season-opening Austin Open, May 20, while Allen/Doherty were fifth and Brunner/Hyden were ninth.

On the women’s side, the semifinal field is led by top seeded Sara Hughes/Summer Ross. No. 2 Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar, No. 3 Alix Klineman/April Ross and No. 5 Nicole Branagh/Brandie Wilkerson round out the group.

Hughes/Ross and Klineman Ross worked their way through the winner’s bracket, each posting three straight-set wins. IN the quarterfinals, Hughes/Ross bested Branagh/Wilkerson 21-18, 21-18, while Klineman/Ross downed Claes/Hochevar 21-16, 21-19.

Once in the contender’s bracket, Claes/Hochevar topped No. 7 Caitlin Ledoux/Maria Salgado 21-17, 21-15, while Branagh/Wilkerson took out No. 6 Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman.

The semifinals pit Hughes/Ross against Claes/Hochevar at 12:15, while Branagh/Wilkerson and Klineman/Ross face off at 1:15. The first match will see former collegiate partners Hughes and Claes battle it out.

Klineman/Ross took the Austin Open title on May 20, while the other three pairs did not compete in the event.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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