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.
Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams played their way through qualifying en route to spots in the main draw of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on Thursday.
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.
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.
While American pairs take center stage, vying to defend home turf at the Huntington Beach Open four-star event in Surf City, California, three other FIVB events also are under way across the world in Turkey, the Philippines and Cambodia.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
After two rounds of qualifying, two Ukrainian sides, two from Germany and one each from France, Russia, Lithuania and Italy earned the right to move on to the Kish main draw of the Kish Island Three Star.
The FIVB World Tour has been on break for about a month but the participants for the MICA Mall Kish Island Open from February 19-24 have been announced.
Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner as well as Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen won the United States playoff.