After the first day of main draw action, four men’s teams and four women’s are undefeated atop the winner’s bracket heading into Saturday, including No. 8 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves and No. 7 Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk.
Action began at the San Francisco Open on Thursday with 44 men’s teams and 38 women’s pairs vying for four spots per gender in the main draw.
As the AVP San Francisco Open kicks off today, we take a look at some of the details behind the tournament as well as who is taking center stage and what lies ahead.
6’5″ indoor-to-beach convert Alix Klineman is expected to return to the sand next week in San Francisco.
For the first time in 2018, there is a new AVP men’s champion as Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb bested Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena for the Seattle gold. On the women’s side, No. 2 Emily Day/Betsi Flint came out on top, rallying past No. 3 Caitlin Ledoux/April Ross in tiebreak.
Contenders Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy and Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock made it through to the semifinals of the AVP Seattle Open on Saturday.
Action began at the Seattle Open with qualifiers on Thursday and four teams of each gender moving on to Friday’s main draw. At the end of Friday, the top four men’s seeds and top three women’s remain in the winner’s bracket.
Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross will be playing with a new partner at least for the weekend while teammate Alix Klineman rehabs an injury according to Ross’ twitter page.
Grizzled veterans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena added yet another title to their storied careers, while Summer Ross/Sara Hughes earned their first AVP trophy as a duo at the 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.