The Olympians stood tall among the skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan today as three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic silver medalist April Ross, Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser, and future Olympian Nick Lucena all advanced to the semi-finals of the AVP New York City Open. The day was packed with high-octane action along the Hudson River to set the stage for an exciting Olympic-themed conclusion tomorrow with the semi-finals kicking off at 10:00am and the finals starting at 2:30pm.
On the women’s side, the Olympic duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings & April Ross defeated fifth seeds Jennifer Fopma & Brittany Hochevar 21-15, 21-18 in a hard fought 56-minute battle that was televised nationally on NBC. Second seeds Lane Carico & Summer Ross needed three sets to overcome 14th seeds Kelly Claes & Sara Hughes 16-21, 21-15, 16-14. However, Claes & Hughes fought their way back into the semi-finals through a victory in the contender’s bracket to set up a meeting tomorrow with Kerri Walsh Jennings & April Ross. If Claes & Hughes win, they will become the youngest team to ever win an AVP title with a combined age of 42 years, 1 month, 6 days.
On the men’s side, Olympians Phil Dalhausser & Nick Lucena were sharp in defeating number three seeds John Mayer & Stafford Slick 21-11, 21-19. Dalhausser & Lucena face number eight seeds Jeremy Casebeer & Sean Rosenthal in the semis. Number one seeds Taylor & Trevor Crabb needed just 37 minutes to dispose of number five seeds Brian Bomgren & Tim Bomgren in the “Battle of the Brothers.” The Crabb brothers will meet number six seeds Avery Drost & Billy Kolinske in the other semi-final match-up.
Results and brackets from Saturday’s action can be found here:
Sunday’s highlighted matches include:
10:00am: Top-seeded Crabb brothers (Taylor and Trevor) play a semi-finals match.
11:00am: Second-seeded Phil Dalhausser (Olympic gold medalist) and Nick Lucena play a semi-finals match.
12:00 noon: Top-seeded Kerri Walsh Jennings (3-time Olympic gold medalist) and April Ross (Olympic silver medalist) play a semi-finals match.
Main draw brackets, including results and schedules, are available at:
In addition to the world’s finest volleyball talent, the AVP NYC Open doubles as the ultimate beach festival with fun interactive activities, high energy music, great food and more. The AVP NYC Open is the fifth stop on the AVP’s 2016 schedule, and one of the last times fans can see the Olympians play before they head to Brazil. General Admission is free. Premium packages and VIP seating can be purchased at https://avp.ticketspice.com/new-york-ticketing. Matches will be streamed live at www.avp.com with the men’s and women’s Finals televised live on NBC.
The AVP thanks its partners: Barefoot, Jaybird, Samuel Adams, Smartypants Vitamins, Wilson and nycgo for their support of the AVP New York City Open.