The on-court competition field is set, the live musical lineup is ready to take the stage and the health, wellness, training and activity slate is packed with opportunities for engagement at the San Jose Invitational, the opening stop on three-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings’ P1440 Tour.
The final stop on the King of the Court Crown Series tour hits Huntington Beach, California on Saturday with 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams competing.
As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships, though the day was ripe with upsets in the contender’s bracket, with No. 18 Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil making it all the way back to the semis through five matches.
Former partners Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day, who have won the last two Manhattan Beach Open titles together, will be on opposite sides of the court with another title shot on the line on Sunday. Meanwhile, No. 6 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy crashed the men’s final four playing through the contender’s bracket.
Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
It wasn’t an easy road for Allie Wheeler/Lara Dykstra, but the Americans won their first World Tour medal as a pairing on Saturday. Meanwhile, Russians Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday won their second straight gold.
Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb will be looking to secure their second straight Hermosa Beach title and second AVP crown of the year. Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez, Sara Hughes/Summer Ross and Alix Klineman/April Ross also are aiming for their second AVP titles of 2018.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist will be looking for a new partner to make her push to the 2020 Tokyo Games with after splitting with Nicole Branaugh this week.
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.
For the men, qualifying seeds 1-6 as well as the No. 25 and No. 26 teams survived to move on to Friday’s action. The top eight women’s qualifiers advanced.