Tri Bourne wins first title after his comeback
He already had a strong comeback at the last few AVP events of the season, especially at the AVP Invitational in Hawaii. But after a break that lasted for almost two years, today Tri Bourne won his first title after returning to the beach. He and his childhood friend Trevor Crabb won the FIVB 3-star event at Qinzhou (China).
In the final, they beat Russian team Myskiv/Samoday to whom they had lost in pool play. The gold medal match was a straight two-set win (21:19, 21:9) and at no time was there any doubt that Tri and Trevor would win the match to claim the gold medal. In the semifinals the Americans had defeated Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle (Belgium) who claimed bronze against Durant/Schumann from Australia.
“It was a huge victory for Trevor and me. This is the first FIVB World Tour event for me in two years, so it just means a lot to me to play at this level. […]
I feel like the biggest thing that I can attribute this quick success to is the fact that I stayed close to the sport while I was out. I traveled to events to watch live matches and broadcasted, and I think doing that gave me the mental reps that are helping me to be in a very familiar place out there on the court.”
In the women’s final, Brazilians Ana Patricia/Rebecca won gold against Italians Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth in three sets. Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil claimed the bronze medal.