Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb will be looking to secure their second straight Hermosa Beach title and second AVP crown of the year. Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez, Sara Hughes/Summer Ross and Alix Klineman/April Ross also are aiming for their second AVP titles of 2018.
Four of the five American women’s teams in the main draw won their opening pool play matches at the Gstaad Major on Wednesday.
While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions, including German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh.
Andre/Evandro have had the upper-hand since Brazil’s latest beach partner reshuffle on the men’s side.
American duo Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar beat top seeded Humana-Paredes/Pavan 2-0 (21/19 21/18) in way to leading their group
All nine players, including Latvia’s Alexandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins and Spain’s Pablo Herrara/Adrian Gavira, will be in action and representing p1440 at the FIVB Ostrava Four-Star event in the Czech Republic from June 20-24.
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.
Grizzled veterans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena added yet another title to their storied careers, while Summer Ross/Sara Hughes earned their first AVP trophy as a duo at the New York City Gold Series.
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.
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.