CHICAGO, Ill. — Sunday’s semifinals are set for the AVP’s Gold Series The Championships and, as is normally the case, the final eight spots are dominated by the top seeds.
There, were, however, two surprise semifinalists, one on each side.
In the women’s bracket, top-seeded Sara Hughes and Summer Ross, coming off their AVP Manhattan Beach victory, will play No. 18 Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil. In the other semifinal, second-seeded Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar will play No. 3-seeded Alix Klineman and April Ross.
The men’s side saw the exit of top-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, so second-seeded Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb face No. 4-seeded Roberto Rodriguez and Ed Ratledge. The other semi has third-seeded Jeremy Casebeer and Reid Priddy facing ninth-seeded Tim Bomgren and Chaim Schalk.
Men’s winners bracket Round 4
Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez (4) def. Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) 21-19, 21-17 (0:48)
Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy (3) def. Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2) 20-22, 21-19, 18-16 (1:29) Contenders bracket Round 3
Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) def. Avery Drost/John Mayer (10) 21-16, 21-13 (0:40)
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1) def. Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield (14) 25-23, 21-14 (0:50)
Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty (5) def. Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal (7) 21-18, 21-18 (0:46)
Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) def. Troy Field/Chase Frishman (15) 18-21, 21-16, 15-9 (0:54) Round 4
Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) def. Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1) 21-16, 13-21, 15-8 (0:52)
Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) def. Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty (5) 21-12, 17-21, 15-10 (0:53) Round 5
Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2) def. Piotr Marciniak/Eric Zaun (12) 21-18, 21-16 (0:44)
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) def. Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (11) 21-19, 24-22 (0:46) Semifinals
Ed Ratledge/Roberto Rodriguez (4) vs. Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2)
Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk (9) vs. Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy (3)