Men’s, Women’s Top Three Seeds Move On to AVP New York Quarters

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 08th, 2018 | AVP Tour, News, Pro Beach

AVP New York City Gold Series

The top three seeds are through to the quarterfinals on the men’s side, with fifth seeded Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty rounding out the group.

Top seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena survived a scare from No. 8 Ricardo Santos/Chaim Schalk in round two of Friday’s action, rebounding from a Set 1 loss for the 17-21, 21-13, 15-11 win.

No. 2 Theo Brunner/John Hyden advanced with a pair of straight set wins, moving past No. 15 Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield, who came through Thursday’s qualifying, and No. 7 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy.

No. 3 Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb bested qualifiers Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin in straight sets, before battling through No. 11 Avery Drost/Chase Frishman in tiebreak (21-18, 18-21, 15-10).

Allen/Doherty pulled a slight upset in Round 2, taking out No. 4 Trevor Crabb/John Mayer 19-21, 21-17, 15-11 to claim the final spot on the winner’s bracket side.

Crabb/Gibb will meet Brunner/Hyden at 1:15 p.m. ET for a spot in the semifinals, while Dalhausser/Lucena will face Allen/Doherty at 3:25 p.m.

On the contender’s side of the bracket, No. 12 Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez are the lowest seeded team remaining. The pair dropped the other side of the bracket with a first round loss to Allen/Doherty, but has recovered to defeat No. 13 qualifiers Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak to stay alive. Eight teams remain in the contenders bracket, with the four matches set to begin at 10:10 a.m. ET. From there it will take two more victories to earn a spot in the semifinals.

In women’s action, seeds 1, 2 3 and 5 also are on to the quarterfinals.

Top seeded Sara Hughes/Summer Ross cruised through the first two round in straight sets, never allowing an opponent more than 15 points.

No. 2 Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar went to extra-points to win Set 1 against qualifiers Christina Matthews/Brittany Tiegs, but recovered to win 22-20, 21-13. The duo then went to tiebreak with No. 10 Janelle Allen/Angela Bensend, including two deuce sets (24-22, 20-22, 15-9).

No. 3 April Ross/Alix Klineman won in straight sets in Round 1, setting up a meeting with No. 6 Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman. Klineman/Ross dropped the opening set, but came through for the 17-21, 21-13, 15-12 win.

No. 5 Nicole Branagh/Brandie Wilkerson rounded out the winners group. The pair lost its first set of the tournament to No. 12 Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler, but rebounded to win 19-21, 21-13, 15-7. In Round 2, the pair swept past No. 13 Aurora Davis/Bree Scarbrough.

Claes/Hochevar will meet Ross/Klineman at 12:15 p.m. with a spot in the semifinals on the line, while Hughes/Ross will take on Branagh/Wilkerson at 2:25 p.m.

No. 4 Emily Day/Betsi Flint flipped over to the contender’s bracket with an opening round loss to Davis/Scarbrough. The pair responded with a tiebreak win over Cook/Spieler (13-21, 21-14, 19-17).

Davis/Scarbrough are the lowest seeded team left among the eight contenders, which begin action at 10:05 a.m. ET.

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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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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