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.
Semi-Final bound!! Thanks to my stud partner @summernoelross for finishing off the point 🤗 #AVPNYC #semifinals @avpbeach @Nike @KTTape @oakley pic.twitter.com/zfew14U5l8
— Sara Hughes (@SaraHughesBeach) June 9, 2018
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.