Early women’s upset in 2019 AVP Huntington Beach Open

The beach volleyball energy showed no signs of slowing down under sunny SoCal skies on day two of the 2019 AVP Huntington Beach Open. Newer teams continued to build exciting chemistry, while veterans stayed the tried and true course, hoping experience would win the day. The stands were packed with vocal crowds that cheered on contender teams to the semi-finals in a lively and fun-filled tournament.

Women's matches featured April “The Boss” Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Photo credit Robert Beck.
Women’s matches featured April “The Boss” Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Photo credit Robert Beck.

Women’s matches

Starting off the women’s matches on Stadium Court, No. 2 seed Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) faced No. 14 Melissa Humana-Paredes (Ontario, Canada) and Sarah Pavan (Ontario, Canada). While only their second time on the AVP tour, Humana-Paredes/Pavan are a strong international duo ready to make their AVP mark. Hometown hero Hughes started strong, maintaining her command of the court. However, renowned blocker Pavan made it difficult for Hughes/S. Ross to ever gain any substantial ground, closing it out in an early women’s upset in two sets 21-18, 21-10.

he No 1. “A-Team” returned with April “The Boss” Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) playing against No. 4 Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Betsi Flint (Phoenix, Ariz.) A. Ross brought her power to the sand, setting up Klineman for unbeatable kills. Not to be outdone, the 8-time AVP winner, Day came full force with aces. After a contested no-touch call by Day, A. Ross/Klineman clinched the win: 21-17, 21-15.

Moving onto Sunday, Pavan/Humana-Paredes will take on No. 4 Day/Betsi Flint while A. Ross/Klineman will start their morning against No. 2 Hughes/S. Ross.

Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser face off with Trevor Crabb and Jake Gibb at the 2019 AVP Huntington Beach Open. Photo Credit: Robert Beck
Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser face off with Trevor Crabb and Jake Gibb at the 2019 AVP Huntington Beach Open.
Photo Credit: Robert Beck.

Men’s matches

No. 2 ranked veterans Phil “The Beast” Dalhausser (Orlando, Fla.) and Nick “The Greyhound” Lucena (Davie, Fla.) were up against the No. 6-ranked combo of rising star Chase Budinger (Encinitas, Calif.) and vet Casey Patterson (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) In a match that filled the stands, both teams came out with intense focus early. It was an even back-and-forth through the first match with Budinger/Patterson taking the win at 21-18. The second match proved more difficult for Dalhausser/Lucena to regain their momentum, while Budinger/Patterson stayed dominant in their communication and continuous spikes, taking it all in two sets: 21-18, 21-17.

After beating out his younger brother Taylor Crabb yesterday, the No. 8 seeded Trevor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and partner Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) faced No. 4 Jeremy “The Lorax” Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Chaim Schalk (Alberta, Canada). UCLA alum Casebeer’s signature powerful serves were not enough to slow down the steady Bourne as he balanced Tr. Crabb’s repeated digs. Finally taking it at match point were Bourne/Tr. Crabb 21-15, 21-15.

Dalhausser/Lucena ended up in the contender’s bracket against No. 1 Jake Gibb (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii.) It quickly became the unlikely hit match of the day to a packed house and exceeding one hour of competition. After numerous match points, taking it to a third set and two fierce rallies, Gibb/Ta. Crabb sealed the deal with a hard fought win of 21-13, 21-15, 17-15.

Sunday’s Men’s matches will feature Budinger/Patterson vs. No. 7 Tim Bomgren (Woodbury, Minn.) / Troy Field (Laguna Beach, Calif.) while Bourne/Tr. Crabb will once again face his brother Ta. Crabb and partner Gibb.

Semi-final rounds on Sunday

Women’s
# 1 April Ross / Alix Klineman vs. #2 Sara Hughes / Summer Ross
#4 Emily Day / Betsi Flint vs. # 14 Sarah Pavan / Melissa Humana-Paredes

Men’s
#6 Chase Budinger / Casey Patterson vs. #7 Troy Field / Tim Bomgren
#1 Jake Gibb / Taylor Crabb vs. #8 Tri Bourne / Trevor Crabb

The article above was released by AVP through Make Waves Communications.