Local professional volleyball stars return home for AVP Hawaii Open
Last September AVP beach volleyball returned to Hawaii for the first time in 13 years with a goal to make it an annual stop. Back again in 2019 and for local grown talent like Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb it is a nice break from chasing Olympic qualification. A stop home in the AVP final event of the year trying to use home court advantage to capture a doubles title.
"We heard a little rumbling about it, a little rumors, so we were kind of on the AVP asking them," Tri Bourne said.
They got the answer they were hoping for a yes we're coming back for some volleyball in paradise in front of some of the best fans in the world.
"The best fan base for volleyball," Bourne said.
If you build it the fans are going to come and so are the best volleyball players.
"Five Hawaiian volleyball players on tour and main draw players, is going to help for that." Bourne said.
Setting up shop for the final AVP event of 2019, and for doubles partners Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb, the Honolulu natives, it is home sweet home.
"I have a lot of family out here, being able to play in front of them on the big stage means a lot to me and hopefully me and Tri can win this weekend and have a nice little celebration at the end," Trevor Crabbe said.
These two as partners have been doing a lot of winning and they are right in the mix for the 2020 Olympics.
"Trevor and I have had a really good year we've gone around the world like three times this year trying to compete for an Olympics spot, we've had some really good tournaments. We're here to win it," Bourne said.
They got about six months of qualifying left to try and make that Olympic dream come true.
"Few people have a chance to go to the Olympics especially in beach volleyball," Crabb said.
The Hawaii Open does not count for Olympic qualifying so the pressure off a bit this weekend, but that does not mean they won't be chasing a Sunday championship.
"Nice to come back, relax but one of our main goals is always to win as many AVPs as possible,' Crabb said.
Full days worth of volleyball tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday finishing with the championship. We'll have all the coverage.
More info: https://avp.com/event/hawaii-open/