AVP Chicago: Schalk-Bomgren, Reeves-Howard score big upsets

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Tim Bomgren helps us preview the field for the 2019 AVP Hermosa Beach Open/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

CHICAGO, Ill. —Ninth-seeded Chaim Schalk and Tim Bomgren and 10th-seeded Kelly Reeves and Brittany Howard are surprise quarterfinalists after an unpredictable Friday at the AVP’s Gold Series The Championships.

Schalk and Bomgren knocked off top-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 16-21, 22-20, 15-11 in one of the more surprising outcomes of the 2018 AVP season.

Reeves and Howard are into the fourth round of the winners bracket after upsetting second-seeded Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar 21-17, 21-17.

There were more upsets on a wild Friday, as 12th-seeded Piotr Marciniak and Eric Zaun defeated No. 5 Billy Allen and Ryan Doherty,  and 11th-seeded Tri Bourne  — taking another major step in his comeback — and Trevor Crabb defeated sixth-seeded Casey Patterson and Stafford Slick. And No. 5 Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman defeated fourth-seeded Betsi Flint and Emily Day.

It sets up Saturday’s winners-bracket matches between Schalk and Bomgren and fourth-seeded Ed Ratledge and Roberto Rodriguez and second-seeded Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb facing third-seeded Jeremy Casebeer and Reid Priddy. The two winners move into Sunday’s semifinals with the losers having to fight back through the contenders bracket.

On the women’s side, Reeves and Howard play third-seeded Alix Klineman and April Ross, while top-seeded Sara Hughes and Summer Ross play fifth-seeded Larsen and Stockman.

Bomgren and Schalk won their first match when Duncan Budinger and John Hyden forfeited due to a calf injury sustained by Hyden after the teams split sets.

Then they beat Dalhausser and Lucena after being down 20-18 in the second set before taking advantage of the freeze.

“We just kind of changed our defense a little bit,” said Schalk, a Canadian who has gotten U.S. citizenship, which makes eligible for the AVP.  “Tim made some really good moves at the net, and I was able to dig Nick a few times and give ourselves a shot. I don’t even know. All day, we’ve been just grinding.”

“Our transition opportunities came together at the end,” added Bomgren, who lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota. “We missed a few early on, and we improved our transition and hitting at the end. Putting those things together helps out.

“We just don’t give up,” Schalk said. “It’s just the Northern style.”

“Beating those guys is a good feeling. I’ve only done that a handful of times in my life, and they’ve probably beat me 20 times, I like playing those guys, we’re really good friends. At times, they’ve been maybe the best team in the world, why wouldn’t you be excited to beat that team?”

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Kelly Reeves makes a diving save in hers and Brittany Howard’s upset win over No. 2 Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

Reeves and Howard, one of 2018’s new teams, have been remarkably consistent this year, tallying five ninth place finishes, the lone exception being a third in San Francisco. Friday they stepped their level up with a straight set 21-16, 21-17 win over seventh-seeded Geena Urango and Allie Wheeler.

“We were in system, we executed,” said Reeves, “We played aggressively, they’re a great team. We were hungry to play a top seed, we’re ready and went out and played our game.”

“One of our keys that we’ve been focused on is serving aggressively,” Howard said. “We go up and down with it, sometimes we get away from it, but then we say, ‘Right here, let’s lock it in,’ and driving it in creates great opportunities for ourselves. Other than that, we’ve been focusing on our side and seizing the opportunities we get. It’s super-fun playing with Kelly, I love having her behind me, and we’re excited to play more tomorrow.”

Reeves, who played beach her senior year at UCLA after her indoors career, is a three-year veteran of the AVP tour. This is Howard’s second year on the tour. She played indoors at Stanford and then one year on the beach for Pepperdine.

“For us, we’re hitting our stride,,” Reeves said. “We’ve put in the work since day one, and it’s nice to see it come in to play here at the AVP Gold Championships”

“In Manhattan, we were up 14-13 in the third (against Emily Day and Betsi Flint) and lost 16-14,” Howard said. “We were so close. Next time we put ourselves in that position, we’re going to take advantage of it. We’re not going to feel that way again. We had an opportunity to redeem ourselves, and we did it.”

Larsen and Stockman had a 55-minute battle against Day and Flint before they closed out the 21-16, 13-21, 15-13 win.

“We came out aggressive,” said Larsen, who played with Flint for more than four years. “It was a good battle, it was a good team, we knew we were going to fight for every point, it was a good match for us.”

Trevor Crabb’s and Bourne’s match with sixth-seeded Casey Patterson and Stafford Slick, a battle of four bigs, went 91 minutes, with 55 serves in the freeze.

“For me, that was the first freeze comeback ever,” Crabb said. “I’m pretty stoked about that.

“We just told each other, ‘We can side out all day.’ That’s all we had to do, was keep siding out, and keep the defense simple, and not cheat. We know that we can both make plays in crunch time, and that’s what we did, and I’m really happy right now.”

Men’s winners bracket
Round 1
Kyle Friend/Myles Muagututia (17, Q5) def. Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin (16) 21-18, 21-18 (0:58)
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) def. Christian Honer/Ryan Meehan (24, Q34) 21-10, 21-16 (0:31)
Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) def. Jonathan Drake/Joe Ruzick (21, Q13) 26-24, 21-13 (0:44)
Michael Brunsting/Ty Loomis (13) def. Eric Beranek/Cole Fiers (20, Q8) 21-11, 21-19 (0:48)
Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (14) def. Adam Gustafson/Kyle Radde (19, Q7) 21-11, 16-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) def. Paul Araiza/David Lee (22, Q17) 21-18, 21-15 (0:43)
Avery Drost/John Mayer (10) def. Steven Roschitz/Silila Tucker (23, Q19) 21-19, 21-17 (0:45)
Bruno Amorim/Skylar del Sol (18, Q6) def. Troy Field/Chase Frishman (15) 26-24, 21-19 (0:49)
Round 2
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1) def. Kyle Friend/Myles Muagututia (17, Q5) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) def. Duncan Budinger/John Hyden (8) 21-23, 22-20 retired
Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) def. Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty (5) 21-18, 16-21, 15-12 (0:55)
Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez (4) def. Michael Brunsting/Ty Loomis (13) 21-15, 15-21, 15-10 (0:57)
Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy (3) def. Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (14) 21-15, 18-21, 15-8 (1:04)
Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) def. Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick (6) 21-14, 24-26, 16-14 (1:32)
Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal (7) def. Avery Drost/John Mayer (10) 20-22, 21-19, 15-13 (1:12)
Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2) def. Bruno Amorim/Skylar del Sol (18, Q6) 21-13, 21-18 (0:42)
Round 3
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) def. Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1) 16-21, 22-20, 15-11 (1:08)
Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez (4) def. Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) 21-19, 21-17 (0:50)
Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy (3) def. Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) 21-16, 21-19 (0:48)
Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2) def. Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal (7) 21-17, 22-20 (0:44)
Round 4
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) vs. Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez (4)
Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy (3) vs. Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2)
Men’s contenders bracket
Round 1
Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin (16) def. Bruno Amorim/Skylar del Sol (18, Q6) 21-16, 21-14 (0:42)
Avery Drost/John Mayer (10) def. Christian Honer/Ryan Meehan (24, Q34) 21-13, 21-13 (0:36)
Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick (6) def. Jonathan Drake/Joe Ruzick (21, Q13) 21-12, 21-15 (0:32)
Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (14) def. Eric Beranek/Cole Fiers (20, Q8) 21-12, 21-16 (0:36)
Michael Brunsting/Ty Loomis (13) def. Adam Gustafson/Kyle Radde (19, Q7) 21-14, 17-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty (5) def. Paul Araiza/David Lee (22, Q17) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)
Steven Roschitz/Silila Tucker (23, Q19) def. Duncan Budinger/John Hyden (8) by Forfeit
Troy Field/Chase Frishman (15) def. Kyle Friend/Myles Muagututia (17, Q5) 21-11, 21-16 (0:36)
Round 2
Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin (16) vs. Avery Drost/John Mayer (10)
Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick (6) vs. Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (14)
Michael Brunsting/Ty Loomis (13) vs. Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty (5)
Steven Roschitz/Silila Tucker (23, Q19) vs. Troy Field/Chase Frishman (15)
Round 3
Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) vs.
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1) vs.
Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal (7) vs.
Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) vs.
Women’s winners bracket
Round 1
Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (16) def. Delaney Knudsen/Jessica Sykora (17, Q1) 21-19, 21-18 (0:39)
Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler (9) def. Annika Van Gunst/Teegan Van Gunst (24, Q10) 21-14, 21-15 (0:37)
Cassie House/Molly Turner (21, Q5) def. Lane Carico/Bree Scarbrough (12) 19-21, 21-15, 17-15 (1:16)
Ali McColloch/Kendra VanZwieten (13) def. Falyn Fonoimoana/Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (20, Q4) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Corinne Quiggle/Kimberly Smith (14) def. Nicolette Martin/Tory Paranagua (19, Q3) 21-19, 21-17 (0:37)
Mackenzie Ponnet/Brittany Tiegs (22, Q6) def. Janelle Allen/Kerri Schuh (11) 21-18, 21-16 (0:44)
Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves (10) def. Carolyn Meister/Vendy Strakova (23, Q9) 21-17, 21-4 (0:33)
Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil (18, Q2) def. Lara Dykstra/Sheila Shaw (15) 21-16, 21-12 (0:35)
Round 2
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (1) def. Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (16) 19-21, 21-13, 15-9 (0:57)
Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock (8) def. Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler (9) 21-16, 20-22, 15-11 (0:53)
Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (5) def. Cassie House/Molly Turner (21, Q5) 21-10, 21-14 (0:35)
Emily Day/Betsi Flint (4) def. Ali McColloch/Kendra VanZwieten (13) 21-10, 21-11 (0:34)
Alix Klineman/April Ross (3) def. Corinne Quiggle/Kimberly Smith (14) 21-14, 19-21, 15-12 (1:02)
Nicole Branagh/Caitlin Ledoux (6) def. Mackenzie Ponnet/Brittany Tiegs (22, Q6) 22-20, 21-13 (0:43)
Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves (10) def. Geena Urango/Allie Wheeler (7) 21-16, 21-17 (0:44)
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (2) def. Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil (18, Q2) 21-18, 14-21, 15-10 (0:49)
Round 3
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (1) def. Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock (8) 21-17, 22-20 (0:48)
Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (5) def. Emily Day/Betsi Flint (4) 21-16, 13-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Alix Klineman/April Ross (3) def. Nicole Branagh/Caitlin Ledoux (6) 21-14, 21-13 (0:39)
Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves (10) def. Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (2) 21-17, 21-17 (0:39)
Round 4
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (1) vs. Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (5)
Alix Klineman/April Ross (3) vs. Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves (10)
Women’s contenders bracket
Round 1
Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil (18, Q2) def. Delaney Knudsen/Jessica Sykora (17, Q1) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:52)
Geena Urango/Allie Wheeler (7) def. Annika Van Gunst/Teegan Van Gunst (24, Q10) 17-21, 21-16, 15-10 (0:56)
Mackenzie Ponnet/Brittany Tiegs (22, Q6) def. Lane Carico/Bree Scarbrough (12) 21-16, 12-21, 15-10 (0:55)
Falyn Fonoimoana/Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (20, Q4) def. Corinne Quiggle/Kimberly Smith (14) 21-13, 21-19 (0:42)
Ali McColloch/Kendra VanZwieten (13) def. Nicolette Martin/Tory Paranagua (19, Q3) 21-14, 21-16 (0:36)
Cassie House/Molly Turner (21, Q5) def. Janelle Allen/Kerri Schuh (11) 21-19, 21-13 (0:35)
Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler (9) def. Carolyn Meister/Vendy Strakova (23, Q9) 21-17, 21-17 (0:44)
Lara Dykstra/Sheila Shaw (15) def. Aurora Davis/Jace Pardon (16) 21-16, 21-17 (0:34)
Round 2
Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil (18, Q2) vs. Geena Urango/Allie Wheeler (7)
Mackenzie Ponnet/Brittany Tiegs (22, Q6) vs. Falyn Fonoimoana/Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (20, Q4)
Ali McColloch/Kendra VanZwieten (13) vs. Cassie House/Molly Turner (21, Q5)
Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler (9) vs. Lara Dykstra/Sheila Shaw (15)
Round 3
Emily Day/Betsi Flint (4) vs.
Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock (8) vs.
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (2) vs.
Nicole Branagh/Caitlin Ledoux (6) vs.



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