Five American teams, including Pool C winners Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat, remain among the final 24 teams at the Chetumal Three Star in Mexico. Top seeded Canadians Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson and collegiate stars Nicole and Megan McNamara also won their respective pools on Thursday.
Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb won their second straight King of the Court crown, following victory in Waikiki last week with another win in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Alix Klineman/April Ross finished off the USA sweep with the women’s crown.
The final stop on the King of the Court Crown Series tour hits Huntington Beach, California on Saturday with 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams competing.
As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships, though the day was ripe with upsets in the contender’s bracket, with No. 18 Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil making it all the way back to the semis through five matches.
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.
The AVP is set for its fifth stop of the season, taking Hermosa Beach, California, from July 26-29. The AVP Tour’s history in Hermosa Beach runs deep, dating to the league’s inaugural season in 1984.
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.
Five American women’s pairs and American men Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner/John Hyden are among the Top 12 in their respective genders at the Huntington Beach Open heading into Saturday.
The 2017 season has been a whirlwind for women’s beach volleyball, seeing that, arguably, the two best beach players split up their partnership in early May – April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings.