American Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson were among eight pool title winners crowned at the Tokyo Three Star on Thursday, while three of the four women’s teams representing the USA won their opening pool matches.
The Tokyo Three Star kicked off on Wednesday with the qualifying round, one women’s match and seven men’s duels. Two American pairs were among the eight teams, which earned spots in the main draw.
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.
The top two seeds of the Gstaad Major on the men’s side are out of the competition in a historic occurrence as both failed to win a match during the pool play stage.
The opening round of pool play at the Gstaad Major was ripe with upsets as four of the top eight seeds fell. Meanwhile, eight teams went on to earn pool titles, including Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb.
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.
The Swatch Gstaad Major in Switzerland announced its four wildcard entries for the event, which begins on July 10. Two were awarded to American duos and two stayed home with up and coming Swiss pairs.
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.