03.08.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Trevor Crabb had guaranteed on Instagram over the week that Tri Bourne and him would win the final tournament of the 2020 AVP season this weekend in Long Beach. It wasn’t easy, but the Hawaiian duo confirmed Trevor’s prediction and topped the podium of the tournament that ended the national season for American players on Sunday. April Ross and Alix Klineman won once again among the women.
After finishing third in the first two events of the season, Trevor and Tri, the fourth-placers of last year’s World Championships, finally celebrated their first AVP victory together as they handed veteran stars Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena their only setback in the 12 matches they played in the three-event series, a 21-17, 15-21, 15-12 win, to prevail in the Californian sand.
“I knew it was our time after two weeks of finishing third,” Trevor explained afterward. “It’s the last tournament, so we knew there was no reason to hold anything back and that we could unleash the beasts inside of us and play at the next level. Losing to those guys and Taylor (Crabb) and Jake (Gibb) the last two weeks certainly motivated us. We worked hard this week on setting and covering and these are a couple of things I thought we did it pretty well this week.”
Trevor’s younger brother Taylor and his partner Jake Gibb finished third alongside Chase Budinger and Chaim Schalk.
Among the women, Klineman and Ross remained in dominant form as they claimed their third title in three weeks and went through the entire season without a loss after they toppled Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes to a straight-set (21-18, 21-17) victory at the final in Long Beach.
“We had played them earlier in the tournament, so we knew they would adjust and we needed to be ready for it,” April reflected. “It was really intense. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to play this year, so every team wanted to come here and give all they had. That’s why we definitely don’t take what we did here for granted.”
The third place of the closing event of the season was split by reigning world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada and Americans Kelley Kolinske (formerly Larsen) and Emily Stockman.