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.
Chase Budinger logged in eight seasons (407 games) in the NBA
The United States is making a splash in Lucerne, Switzerland with four men’s teams and two women’s teams earning a spot in the Round of 16 after pool play and the first knockout round wrapped up on Friday.
Amidst a rain storm, pool play action got underway at the Lucerne Three-Star on Thursday. Six American pairs are through to the knockout phase with one more vying for the round on Friday. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tina Graudina also is moving on, competing for her native Latvia.
Eight men’s and eight women’s pairs fought through two qualifying rounds to earn berths to the Lucerne Three-Star 32-team main draw on Wednesday. Among those moving on were Americans Lane Carico/Lara Dykstra and Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal.
The jam packed FIVB slate continues this week with three titles on the line: the Tuan Chau Island One-Star, the Bangkok One-Star and the Lucerne Three-Star.
The first eliminations of the Huntington Beach Open happened late Thursday night as the main draw was cut to 32 teams on both the men’s and women’s side.
Budinger (above) and his partner Sean Rosenthal won their first match via forfeit, but lost their next two at the Huntington Beach Open.
Sean Rosenthal has officially selected his partner following his split from Trevor Crabb and beach volleyball is not his first sport – NBA’s Chase Budinger.