Priddy/Ricardo, Brunner/Patterson Down Top 2 Seeds to Make AVP Semis

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 20th, 2017 | AVP Tour, News, Pro Beach

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.

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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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