May-Treanor, Branagh upset

7/17/2010 - Olympic Sports

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. -- Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser advanced to the Hermosa Beach Open quarterfinals on Saturday as they try to win the tournament for an unprecedented fifth straight year.

The top-seeded men's team beat 32nd-seeded Brook Billings and Chris Icaza, 21-11, 21-9, and then toppled 16th-seeded Adrian Carambula and Russ Marchewka 21-17, 21-15. The only scare they got came from eighth-seeded Casey Jennings and Brad Keenan, 19-21, 21-19, 16-14.

Top-seeded women Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, seeking their fourth consecutive victory on the AVP Tour, also advanced to the quarterfinals. They held off 32nd-seeded Diane Copenhagen and Jaimi Gregory 19-21, 21-16, 15-7, then swept 17th-seeded Nancy Reynolds and Kelly Wing 21-17, 21-17, and eighth-seeded Ashley Ivy and Lisa Rutledge 21-14, 21-13.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor and partner Nicole Branagh, seeded second, won their first two matches but were sent to the contenders' bracket with a 15-21, 21-17, 16-15 third-round loss to seventh-seeded Priscilla Lima and Angela Lewis.

Their 21-16, 21-14 victory over Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik kept them alive in the double-elimination bracket, but they'll need to win three times Sunday to make the tournament final.