Opening day in the main draw the AVP Championships in Chicago was riddled with upsets and saw ninth-seeded Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk and No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves advance to the winner’s bracket final four.
Friday brought pool play to an end at the Haiyang Three Star and also included the first elimination round, setting the table for Saturday’s Round of 16.
Forty one men’s teams and 31 women’s teams will vie for the FIVB Haiyang titles this week, including Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick, Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day.
After the first day of main draw action, four men’s teams and four women’s are undefeated atop the winner’s bracket heading into Saturday, including No. 8 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves and No. 7 Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk.
Seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 picked up two wins a piece to move on to the AVP New York Gold Series quarterfinals on both the men’s and women’s sides.
In a stacked qualifying pool, only four teams per gender advanced through Thursday’s matches into the main draw. Seeds 2, 3, 5 and 9 made it through on the women’s side, while No. 1 qualifier Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan were knocked out. On the men’s side, seeds 1, 2, 4 and 6 advanced, including top seed Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak.
Jinjiang Two-Star Jinjiang, China May 31- June 3, 2018 Schedule/Results Second seeded Americans Trevor Crabb/John Mayer are in the medal…
The medals race is down to four teams on each side at the Jinjiang Two-Star, with the women playing through the semifinals on Saturday and the men stopping after the quarterfinals.
Play opened at the Jinjiang Two Star with qualification action on Thursday with six men’s and six women’s teams advancing to the main draw including Americans Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten and Aurora Davis/Bree Scarbrough.
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.