Tri Bourne Finishes Second At AVP Santa Barbara Open|
Sept. 30, 2013
Former USC men's volleyball player Tri Bourne finished second at the AVP Santa Barbara Open beach volleyball tourney on Sept. 29.
It was the highest AVP finish this season for Bourne and his partner, longtime beach star John Hyden. The duo, who became teammates this past mid-August when Hyden's long partnership with Sean Scott ended due to Scott's retirement, shared $5,000 in prize money.
Bourne and Hyden lost in the final to the tourney's top-seeded team of Jake Gibb, a two-time Olympian, and Casey Patterson, 21-19, 21-19. Bourne and Hyden, who were seeded fourth, had beaten Gibb-Patterson in the winners' bracket quarterfinals of the double elimination tournament, 19-21, 21-16, 15-12, and then defeated Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson in the semifinals, 21-11, 21-10, before falling in the Gibb-Patterson rematch final. It was the fourth consecutive AVP tournament victory for Gibb and Patterson.
Bourne and Hyden have become a successful pairing quickly, finishing no lower than seventh to date on the AVP circuit. They were fifth at both the AVP Salt Lake City Open and AVP Manhattan Beach Open, then were third at the AVP Cincinnati Open (falling in the semis to Gibb and Patterson). After a seventh place finish at the AVP Atlantic City Open, Bourne-Hyden had another third place showing at the AVP St. Petersburg Open (again losing to Gibb and Patterson in the semifinals). They have collected $18,750 in earnings so far.
The final event on the 2013 AVP Tour will be the championships on Oct. 18-20 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Bourne, a native of Hawaii, is embarking on a beach career after playing professionally indoors 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.