Tri Bourne Named 2014 FIVB Rookie Of Year|
Jan. 28, 2015
Former USC men's volleyball player Tri Bourne was named the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year in his first full season of FIVB international competition against the world's top players.
Bourne, who in 2013 was named the AVP Newcomer of the Year on the U.S. tour, was recognized for his 2014 performance in voting by players, coaches, referees and officials on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. He became the first American since Sean Rosenthal in 2006 to be named the FIVB's top rookie (and just the third ever, along with Jake Gibb in 2005 in the award's inaugural year).
The award was announced this week by the FIVB, the Lausanne, Switzerland-based international governing body for the Olympic sports of beach volleyball and volleyball. The 2014 FIVB tour marked the second year of the current Olympic cycle leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Bourne, 25, teamed with 41-year-old John Hyden in FIVB play in 2014. The duo played in 11 FIVB tournaments last year, winning a gold medal at Berlin in June and finishing in the Top 10 in nine of their tourneys (and in the Top 5 four times). They won 43 of their 60 matches. Bourne won $83,900 in FIVB play in 2014 and finished the year ranked 12th in the world. The Berlin victory was Bourne's first ever on the pro beach circuit and it made Hyden the oldest men's player to win FIVB open gold.
Bourne and Hyden also played in seven AVP tournaments in 2014, winning the Milwaukee Open in July. Overall, the duo finished in the Top 5 in each of those tourneys, with a second, four thirds and a fifth to go with their win, and they captured 25 of their 35 matches. Bourne won $30,100 on the AVP tour and ended the season ranked third by the AVP.
Prior to 2014, Bourne had played in just one FIVB tournament, finishing fifth in late December of 2013 in Durban, South Africa, with partner Derek Olson.
Bourne and Hyden's partnership didn't start until August of 2013. They played in seven AVP tourneys in 2013, finishing second twice in Bourne's first full summer on the beach.
Bourne, a native of Hawaii, started playing on the beach after a professional indoor career in Puerto Rico. He was a member of USC teams that were the NCAA runnerup in 2009 and finished third in 2011 when he was a senior.