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.