Gibb/Crabb also take AVP Hawaii defying match point to qualifiers Brunner/Hyden
The 2019 AVP season ended with some spectacular beach volleyball at Waikiki. In a tournament that saw almost no upsets, Jake Gibb/ Taylor Crabb and Canadian world champs Pavan/Humana-Paredes claimed the last titles of the season at the AVP Hawaii.
The semifinals on Championship Sunday featured the top-seeds on both the men’s and the women’s side except for John Hyden and Theo Brunner who came through the qualifier and knocked out number-1 seeds Dalhausser/ Lucena on Saturday evening. In the semifinal, Theo Brunner and John Hyden who is celebrating his 47th birthday soon, eliminated number-3 seeds Chase Budinger and Casey Patterson in straight sets before facing Gibb/Crabb in the final. Hometown boy Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb defeated Jeremy Casebeer and Chaim Schalk in the other semifinal which turned out to be the best match of the tournament at that point. In a three-set battle in the Hawaiian heat, Gibb/Crabb prevailed 17:21, 21:17, 17:15. A double-contact call against Chaim Schalk turned the tables in the tie-break.
But Gibb/Crabb who had already claimed three titles in the 2019 season had to climb another mountain against Theo Brunner and John Hyden in the final. The three-time champions were down one set and 15:20 in the second when John Hyden was just about to extend his record of being the oldest AVP champion in history. A much debated referee decision started the freeze and gave match point to Hyden/Brunner. In an incredible fight Gibb/Crabb dug themselves out of the five point deficit winning the set 22:20. In another thriller, they needed six match points to win the tie-break 17:15 and claim their 4th AVP title of the season.
Business as usual on the women’s side with A-Team Alix Klineman/ April Ross and Canadian world Champs Pavan/Humana-Paredes meeting in the Hawaii final for the 10th time this season. The Canadians who were the more consistent team during the entire weekend claimed their second AVP title after the Manhattan Beach win a few weeks ago (21:19, 21:17). In the semis, the Canadians had knocked out Sponcil/Claes in straight sets while the A-Team took down Day/Flint in the tie-break.