Ex-Trojan Tri Bourne Gets Second AVP Win In Row|
Sept. 13, 2015
Former USC men’s volleyball player Tri Bourne and 42-year-old partner John Hyden closed out the 2015 AVP season with their second win in a row, capturing the AVP Championships at Huntington Beach on Sunday (Sept. 13).
Bourne and Hyden, seeded third, defeated second-seeded Ryan Doherty and John Mayer, 21-17, 23-25, 15-13, in the final. Bourne and Hyden had to fight through the contender’s bracket after falling in the quarterfinals to Doherty and Mayer, 2-0.
Last week, Bourne and Hyden came through the contender’s bracket to capture the AVP Cincinnati Open on Sept. 6 by beating the top-seeded team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson.
The Huntington Beach win was Bourne’s third career AVP victory. He and Hyden also won the 2014 AVP Milwaukee Open. It was Hyden’s 11th career AVP win (he is the second oldest male to win an AVP tournament).
The duo finished the season on the upswing. Prior to their victories the past 2 weeks, they finished third at the AVP Seattle Open and second at the prestigious AVP Manhattan Open. They have also competed in 9 FIVB tourneys 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).
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 had double winners at the Huntington Beach Open on Sunday, as alumna April Ross teamed with Lauren Fendrick for their first AVP victory together. Both of their regular partners are out with injuries, as Ross’ teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings recently had shoulder surgery and Fendrick’s teammate Brooke Sweat is out with a back injury.
Ross and Fendrick defeated Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp in the final, 21-19, 23-21. Fendrick’s husband, Andrew Fuller, is an assistant coach with the defending national champion USC women’s beach volleyball team.