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.
The King of the Court Crown Series makes its third stop of the season in Waikiki, for a dual gender event, following men’s only events in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium.
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.
Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
Two of the biggest stories of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open were the last minute pairings of two of the event’s contenders due to injury with each garnering mixed results.
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.
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.
In a stacked qualifying pool, only four teams per gender advanced through Thursday’s matches into the main draw. Seeds 2, 3, 5 and 9 made it through on the women’s side, while No. 1 qualifier Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan were knocked out. On the men’s side, seeds 1, 2, 4 and 6 advanced, including top seed Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak.
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.
2008 Olympic gold medalist Reid Priddy completed his first AVP Tour experience on Thursday.