After 18 years in the pro ranks, Ed Ratledge earned his first AVP title at the San Francisco Open alongside partner Roberto Rodriguez. On the women’s side, the tournament’s No. 1 seed Emily Day/Betsi Flint played won their second straight AVP title.
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.
Contenders Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy and Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock made it through to the semifinals of the AVP Seattle Open on Saturday.
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.
Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross will be playing with a new partner at least for the weekend while teammate Alix Klineman rehabs an injury according to Ross’ twitter page.
The semifinals are set for the New York City Gold Series event with seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 set to vie for the title in both the men’s and women’s events.
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.
Americans Caitlin Ledoux and Emily Stockman secured the SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun One Star title on Tuesday night with a pair of three-set wins. It was the pair’s first gold as a duo and Stockman’s second on the FIVB tour.
It took two hard-fought three-set victories Saturday afternoon, but in the end Americans Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock were the…