ST. PETERSBURG — Raquel Ferreira of St. Petersburg and teammate Kristin Batt of Venice pulled off the biggest upset on the first day of the AVP Tour’s St. Pete Open, stunning 2012 Olympic silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross on Friday and securing a spot in the volleyball tournament’s quarterfinals.
Eighth-seeded Ferreira and Batt toppled top-seeded Kessy and Ross, 21-18, 15-21, 19-17 in the second round, setting up quarterfinal against Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar Saturday at 3:50 p.m.
Kessy and Ross were sent to the contenders’ bracket in the double-elimination tournament.
Ferreira is a native of Brazil and has lived in St. Pete for the past year, running a volleyball academy.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Whitney Pavlik, seeded second, fell to seventh-seeded Emily Day and Summer Ross, 21-17, 21-10, sending the fan favorites to the contenders’ bracket.
Kessy and April Ross will play their first match Saturday at 1:40 p.m., with Walsh Jennings and Pavlik following at 2:40.
The men’s bracket went mostly according to plan, as the top three seeds cruised through their first two matches to the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Phil Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and teammate Sean Rosenthal, a two-time Olympian, will play fifth-seeded Tri Bourne and John Hyden on Saturday at 4 p.m. Second-seeded Jake Gibb, a two-time Olympian, teamed with Casey Jennings to advance to a 4:10 p.m. match against third-seeded Nick Lucena and Theodore Brunner.
The only notable upset among the men saw 2008 Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers and new teammate Ryan Doherty relegated to the contenders’ bracket with a 17-21, 21-15, 15-10 first-round loss to 13th-seeded Jeremy Casebeer and Andrew McGuire. Rogers and Doherty will play Saturday at 12:10 p.m.
The AVP St. Pete Open runs through Sunday at Vinoy Park. Play begins Saturday at 11 a.m.