Still In It: Sponcil/Cannon Go From Qualifiers to AVP Chicago Semis

  0 Wendy Mayer | September 02nd, 2018 | AVP Tour, News, Pro Beach

AVP Gold Series – The Championships in Chicago

As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships.

On the women’s side, No. 18 Terese Cannon and partner for the weekend Sarah Sponcil were the story of the day, advancing to the final four with five contender’s bracket wins. After falling to No. 2 seed Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar in the second round of the main draw, Cannon/Sponcil began their journey back to the semifinals with a Friday tiebreak win over No. 17 Lindsey Knudsen/Jessica Sykora (17-21, 21-18, 15-13).

From there, the pair took out four Top 10 seeds, two in tiebreak to pave their way to a semifinal appearance and a minimum payday of $10,500.

  • Cannon/Sponcil def. No. 7 Geena Urango/Allie Wheeler (21-17, 21-17)
  • Cannon/Sponcil def. No. 4 Emily Day/Betsi Flint (19-21, 21-13, 16-14)
  • Cannon/Sponcil def. No. 8 Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock (23-21, 21-12)
  • Cannon/Sponcil def. No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves (16-21, 23-21, 16-14)

Also earning upsets in the contender’s bracket, but not making it all the way back were: No. 20 Falyn Fonoimoana/Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima who won twice, before falling to Dowdy/Pollock. No. 9 Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler topped No. 6 Nicole Branagh/Caitlin Ledoux but fell in the next round to No. 2 Claes/Hochevar.

Claes/Hochevar continued on from there with a 21-19, 21-15 win over No. 5 Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman to claim their spot in the final four.

It took just one Saturday victory for top seeded Sara Hughes/Summer Ross and No. 3 Alix Klineman/April Ross to finish off play in the winner’s bracket as each won in straight sets. Hughes/Ross bested Larsen/Stockman 21-18, 21-18, while Klineman/Ross knocked Howard/Reeves off 21-16, 21-18.

Sunday’s semifinals pit Sponcil/Cannon against Hughes/Ross, while Klineman/Ross will contend with Claes/Hochevar.

On the men’s side, No. 3 seed Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy and No. 4 Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez survived all tests in the winner’s bracket. Ratledge/Rodriguez closed out Day 2 with a straight set win over Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (21-19, 21-17), while Casebeer/Priddy had to dig deep for a 20-22, 21-19, 18-16 win over No. 2 seed Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb to stay perfect.

The pairs had to then wait for the contender’s bracket ripe with upsets to play out before finding out their Sunday foes.

The first surprise result of the day in the contender’s bracket was a 21-19, 25-23 win by No. 14 Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield over sixth-seeded Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick.

No. 12 Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun were next up with a 21-16, 21-13 win over No. 10 Avery Drost/John Mayer. The biggest upset of all came in the third round of matches as Marciniak/Zaun continued their ride with a 21-16, 13-21, 15-8 win over top seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, who were runnerup in 2017 and won the AVP Chicago title in 2016.

No. 11 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb continued a solid outing with a 21-12, 17-21, 15-10 win over No. 5 seed and defending Chicago champ Ryan Doherty and his partner Billy Allen.

In the end though, it was Crabb/Gibb and Bomgren/Schalk, who advanced out of the contender’s bracket to round out the final four. Crabb/Gibb won 21-18, 21-16 to end Marciniak/Zaun’s run, while Bomgren/Schalk bested Bourne/Crabb 21-19, 24-22.

The semifinals will pit No. 4 Ratledge/Rodriguez against No. 2 Crabb/Gibb, while No. 3 Casebeer/Priddy will take on No. 9 Bomgren/Schalk.

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About Wendy Mayer

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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