The AVP kicked off its 2018 tour season with the first two rounds and first round of contender action on Friday at the Austin Open. Top seeds Dalhausser/Lucena and Ross/Klineman are through to the third round, but several surprise faces are joining them after a day of upsets.
One hundred forty eight men’s and women’s teams from 23 countries are set to desend on Surf City for the first FIVB/AVP hybrid event, the Huntington Beach Open, a four-star international affair beginning Tuesday.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
The teams for the FIVB World Tour five-star event in Fort Lauderdale have been announced.
Half of the 16 men’s pool play matches on Friday were three set affairs, with three of the duos riding the tiebreak wins to the second knockout round with pool wins.
New American duos Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick and Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty were among the winners in the first round of pool play at the DELA Beach Open on Thursday.
The top nine seeds of the tournament won their opening round pool play matches, with No. 1 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland leading the way with a 21-9, 21-13 victory.
June was filled with beach volleyball on both the AVP and FIVB Tours, while the indoor focus turned to the FIVB Men’s World League and women’s Pan American Cup and Montreaux Masters tournaments.
The 2017 AVP Tour is coming to a close, with the Chicago Championships rapidly approaching this weekend.
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.