Men's Volleyball
    Ex-Trojan Tri Bourne Wins AVP Cincinnati Open

    Tri Bourne (left) celebrates with John Hyden.
    Sept. 6, 2015

    Former USC men’s volleyball player Tri Bourne and 42-year-old partner John Hyden teamed to win the AVP Kingston Cincinnati Open in Mason, Ohio, on Sunday (Sept. 6).

    Bourne and Hyden, seeded fourth, twice knocked off the top-seeded team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson to claim the title, first beating the two-time defending Cincinnati Open champions in the winners’ bracket quarterfinals on Saturday and then winning, 21-15, 21-18, in Sunday’s final.

    It was Bourne’s second career AVP victory, after he and Hyden won the 2014 AVP Milwaukee Open.

    The duo was on the verge of capturing an AVP tournament, as earlier this month they finished third at the AVP Seattle Open and second at the prestigious AVP Manhattan Open. They have also competed in 9 FIVB tourney’s this summer, finishing as high as fifth 3 times (at The Hague, Netherland, at Gstaad, Switzerland and last week at Olsztyn, Poland) and ninth 3 other times (Moscow, Russia, Porec, Croatia and Long Beach, California).

    It was Hyden’s 10th career AVP win and, at 42 years and 11 months old, he became the second oldest male to win an AVP tournament (44-year-old Karch Kiraly was older).

    Bourne, 26, was the 2013 AVP Newcomer of the Year and the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year. He and Hyden, who started their partnership in mid-2013, also won the FIVB Berlin tourney in 2014.

    A native of Hawaii, Bourne 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.

    USC nearly had double winners at the Cincinnati Open on Sunday, as alumna Geena Urango got to her first AVP final (teamed with Angela Bensend as the fourth seeds) but fell to seventh seeds Kelley Larsen and Betsi Metter Flint, 21-13, 18-21, 15-7, in the final.