American pair Summer/Sweat were one of three U.S. teams eliminated from the World Tour Finals on Friday in Hamburg.
Team USA had some up and down moments during the first two days of play at the FIVB World Tour Finals. Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena were the only American team to finish with a perfect record after pool play, while Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat downed the top-ranked women’s pair in straight sets.
No. 3 seed Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won their third AVP crown of the season, edging Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal (23-25, 21-18, 15-10) in the Manhattan Open finals on Sunday.
No. 9 seed Reid Priddy and Ricardo Santos and No. 6 seed Theo Brunner and Casey Paterson are on to the Manhattan Beach Open semifinals after dispatching the top two seeds of the tournament in the quarterfinals.
The top four seeds are through to the quarterfinals after blazing through their foes on Day 1 of the main draw on Manhattan Beach.
The AVP Tour’s annual stop in Manhattan Beach has turned into a Gold Series tournament this season.
The field for the FIVB World Tour finals has been set, with the four wild card selections for each gender having been determined.
Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst fought through three sets to take down Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner of the United States 2-1, (18-21, 21-19, 15-10).
All 48 men’s teams have now played two matches, with 21 remaining undefeated. All 12 of the top seeds in the tournament are unscathed through two matches.
Americans Casey Patterson (above) and Theo Bunner haven’t lost a set through 2 matches at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.