Semifinals Set For AVP Championships Presented By Acer

Carico/Ross, McColloch/Urango, Dalhausser/Lucena, Bourne/Hyden Unbeaten Through Quarters; Sunday Matches Begin 9 a.m.
By: AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals)
AVP_Chicago (Robert Beck / AVP)
AVP_Chicago (Robert Beck / AVP)
CHICAGO - Sept. 3, 2016 - PRLog -- Four women's teams and four men's duos remain as the $200,000 AVP Championships Presented by Acer moved into Sunday's semifinals with a full day of Winners and Contenders bracket play on Saturday. Emerging undefeated were Lane Carico/Summer Ross and Ali McColloch/Geena Urango on the women's side and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Tri Bourne/John Hyden for the men.

Women's Saturday action included #1 seeded Carico/Ross bouncing Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen 21-16,16-21 & 15-10 and Jace Pardon/Brittany Tiegs 21-14, 19-21 & 15-11 to advance to tomorrow's semifinals undefeated. With wins over Terri Del Conte/Maria J Orellana and Kim DiCello/Kendra VanZwieten, #7 seeds McColloch/Urango join Carico/Ross in the semis as the remaining undefeated team. From the Contender's Bracket, Fendrick and Sweat rebounded with wins over Kelly Reeves/April Ross and Pardon/Tiegs to advance to the semifinals. Flint/Larsenclaimed the remaining semifinal spot fighting their way through the Contenders Bracket winning three games straight after losing their first match of the day to Carico/Ross.

Olympians Dalhausser/Lucena remain undefeated heading into tomorrow's semis defeating John Mayer/Ryan Doherty and the Crabb bros in matches that both went to three sets. #5 seeds Bourne/Hyden advance to tomorrow's semis as the other undefeated team with wins over Billy Allen/Theo Brunner and top-seeded Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson. After falling to Dalhausser/Lucena in their first game of the day, Mayer/Doherty battled through the Contender's Bracket with an upset win over Gibb/Patterson in the last match of the day to claim their spot in tomorrow's semis. Netting the last spot in Sunday's semifinals are the Crabb brothers who too found themselves in the Contender's Bracket after losing to Dalhausser/Lucena.

Sunday's semifinal matchups are as follows, with winners meeting in the finals:


• 9:15 a.m., Dalhausser/Lucena vs. Mayer/Doherty
• 9:20 a.m., Bourne/Hyden vs. Crabb/Crabb
• 10:20 a.m., Carico/Ross vs. Flint/Larsen
• 10:25 a.m., McColloch/Urango vs. Fendrick/Sweat


• Noon, Men's semifinal winners (live, NBC)
• 1:30 p.m., Women's semifinal winners

Results and brackets from Saturday's action can be found here:



The AVP Championships Presented by Acer is the eighth and final stop on the AVP's 2016 schedule General Admission is Free. Premium packages and VIP seating can be purchased at NBC will provide live coverage beginning at noon CT on Sunday; Matches will be streamed live at, prior to NBC's live coverage.

The AVP thanks its partners: Acer, Barefoot, Breville Jaybird, Samuel Adams, Smartypants Vitamins, Obrigado, Ocean Spray, Powercrunch, RapidForce and Wilson for their support of the AVP Championships.


The AVP, completing its 33rd season, is the premiere American professional beach volleyball tour and exclusive U.S. beach volleyball home of the nation's top male and female athletes, including those who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympic Games. Under the ownership of Donald Sun since 2012, the AVP held seven tournaments across the U.S. in 2014, eight in 2015 and eight this year.

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