AVP Seattle Men:
Upsets abound for the AVP Seattle men, a sure sign of the increasing depth of the AVP tour.
Upstart No. 16 Kevin McColloch/Roberto Rodriguez-Bertran played giant-killer, taking down No. 1 Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson (22-20, 17-21, 15-11) and No. 8 Mark Burik/Curt Toppel (21-13, 21-19), to reach the winner’s bracket quarterfinals. Rodriguez-Bertran, who hails from Puerto Rico, is a relative newcomer to the AVP tour, but has seven wins on the NorCECA tour.
The first-round win is the first triumph of a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed in AVP history.
Our cheering squad is rad,” McColloch said.
Other upsets Friday included: No. 12 Dave McKienzie/Ed Ratledge over No. 5 Robbie Page/Todd Rogers (13-21, 19-21, 15-9). Page and Rogers subsequently forfeited their contenders’ bracket match to No. 13 Paul Araiza/Alejandro Parra due to injury. No. 11 Jeremy Casebeer/Derek Olson took down No. 6 Billy Kolinske/Ty Loomis (18-21, 21-12, 15-11) and No. 3 Stafford Slick/Ty Tramblie (21-19, 19-21, 15-10).
This puts No. 1 Gibb/Patterson and No. 3 Slick/Tramblie into a must-win match against each other Saturday morning at 11:45. In the contender’s bracket, the only upset was No. 15 Avery Drost/Gregg Weaver defeating No. 10 Adam Cabbage/Russ Marchewka (16-21, 23-21, 15-11).
AVP Seattle Women:
The women’s draw was mostly business as usual, with three of the top four seeds advancing to the women’s winners’-bracket quarterfinals (No.1 Kim DiCello/Kendra VanZwieten, No. 3 Angela Bensend/Geena Urango, No. 4 Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen).
No. 7 Irene Hester Pollock/Caitlin Ledoux sent No. 2 Lane Carico/Summer Ross into the contender’s bracket in a 21-17, 14-21, 15-11 match. No. 11 Ali McColloch/Kelly Reeves upset No. 6 Whitney Pavlik/Sheila Shaw in the first round 21-13, 21-17.
Our first match against Sheila and Whitney, we knew coming in that this was going to be a battle,” Reeves said. “We hadnt played them yet, so our focus was to serve tough. Get them out of system and defend them. I thought that we executed that well, and then that allowed us to get in our rhythm and play our game. That was a great first win as a team.
No. 13 Leah DeKok/Amanda Wiggins took out No. 12 Branagan Fuller/Kerri Schuh in the contender’s bracket 21-19, 21-14 in the last upset of the day.
Saturday play continues at 9:30 am.
The live stream is here:
The finals will be broadcast on NBCSN from 1-3:30 PT.