Recent USC grads Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes have a shot at their first professional title after advancing through the contender’s bracket to the Manhattan Beach Open semifinals.
The qualification round of the AVP Tour stop in Seattle has concluded, with four teams from each gender moving on to the main draw of the tournament.
The teams have been announced for the upcoming event in Long Beach Presidents Cup, that will be hosted by the FIVB from July 12-16. The tournament will host eight USA teams, per gender, with them facing some of the top-eight international teams in the games.
The opening round of the AVP New York Gold Series stop has concluded with a few shake-ups occurring in the first matches of the day on the men’s side, while the women’s side remained fairly consistent throughout the day, with a near top-four showdown in the first elimination rounds.
Much like the FIVB’s new star rating system for their tournaments, the AVP has added a new elevated beach volleyball series into their line-up called the Gold Series.
The first day of the 2017 AVP Tour opener has ended with four pairs advancing on to the quarterfinal round.