No. 9 seed Reid Priddy and Ricardo Santos and No. 6 seed Theo Brunner and Casey Paterson are on to the Manhattan Beach Open semifinals after dispatching the top two seeds of the tournament in the quarterfinals.
Brunnner/Patterson took out top seeded Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb (22-20, 21-13) in their third match as part of the contender’s bracket after falling to No. 3 Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena (21-15, 21-8) in the third round of main draw action. Brunner/Patterson defeated No. 8 seed Ed Ratledge and Eric Zaun (21-16, 21-16) and No. 7 seed Jeremy Casebeer and John Mayer (22-20, 17-21, 15-10) to advance to the meeting with Crabb/Gibb. This is the third final four appearance for Brunner/Patterson in 2017, following fourth place finishes at the Long Beach President’s Cup and FIVB Rio Four Star.
Priddy/Santos rebounded from a third round loss to Crabb/Gibb (21-18, 21-15), to win three straight and get out of the contender’s bracket. Victories over No. 13 Brian Bomgren and Tim Bomgren (21-19, 21-14) and No. 5 Ryan Doherty and John Hyden (21-18, 21-23, 19-17) set up the team’s final win over No. 2 seed Billy Allen and Stafford Slick (25-23, 21-18), which put them in the semis.
On the winner’s side of the bracket, No. 4 Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal and No. 3 Dalhausser/Lucena won four straight to earn their spot in the final four.
Crabb/Rosenthal topped the No. 29 and No. 20 teams, before upsetting Doherty/Hyden (21-13, 21-14) and posting a come-from-behind win over Crabb/Gibb (16-21, 21-15, 15-11) en route to the semis. Crabb/Rosenthal’s best 2017 finish was second at the Hermosa Beach Open and Seattle Open Gold.
Dalhausser/Lucena faced No. 30 and No. 14, before defeating Brunner/Patterson (21-15, 21-8) and Allen/Slick (21-11, 21-15) are looking for their third AVP title of the season. The pair won gold at the Huntington Beach Open and Austin Open in May.
Crabb/Rosenthal will face Priddy/Ricardo in the first semifinal, while Brunner/Patterson will take on Dalhausser/Lucena. Both matches will be played at 12:45 p.m. ET. The winners will meet at 5 p.m. ET.