Gibb and Crabb finish the grind with AVP Chicago win
Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb won the AVP Gold Series Championships in Chicago. In a one-sided final they beat Chaim Schalk and Tim Bomgren who had before upset top-seeded Phil “The Beast” Dalhausser and Nick “The Quick” Lucena. A very strong net performance by Gibb was enough for the Seattle champions to win in two sets (21:15, 21:17) and to claim their second AVP title in 2018. Jake Gibb who finished the final with a big block after the final:
“This year has been a grind. Mentally it was a long season. But Chicago is really a huge win. I am so excited.”
Before second-seeded Gibb/Crabb had already faced elimination in a tough semifinal against Roberto Rodriguez and Ed Ratledge. In the second set Rodriguez/Ratledge had match point when beach volleyball veteran Ed Ratledge first produced a foot fault and then left a skyball from Crabb drop on the line to lose the second set. The third set was then an easy win for Gibb/Crabb (15:5).
On the women’s side it was Summer Ross and Sara Hughes as well as “A-team” April Ross and Alix Klineman who went straight through the winner’s bracket to the final without losing a match. Just as on the men’s side, the final was a two-setter. Although being a new team this season, April Ross and Alix Klineman posted a 25:23, 21:16 win to claim their third AVP title together.
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