|Tri Bourne, left, and Trevor Crabb wait for the serve in Las Vegas.|
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 21, 2018) – Tri Bourne and Taylor Crabb didn’t win the bronze medal at the Las Vegas Open presented by p1440, but perspective made the loss a little easier to take.
Bourne/Crabb fell to Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy in the bronze-medal match, 13-21, 21-18, 18-20. Bourne/Crabb held five match points in the third set before Russia pulled out the win.
Las Vegas was Bourne’s second international tournament since he had to take almost two full seasons off while recovering from dermatomyositis, a chronic inflammatory muscle disease.
Bourne, 29, and Crabb, 29, took gold at their first international tournament of 2018, the FIVB three-star in Qinzhou, China. Playing for a medal at the Las Vegas four-star event was icing on the cake for Bourne.
“I’m kind of in shock, to be honest,” Bourne said. “I was kind of dreaming and thinking of when I was going to get back to that moment, and it came really soon. I’m super grateful for that, and I can’t wait to build on top of it.”
The pair, who both grew up in Honolulu, also took third at the AVP event in Honolulu along with a fifth in Chicago and a seventh in Manhattan Beach.
“What has surprised me most is the chemistry we were able to develop right away,” Bourne said. “I guess that goes back to playing against each other since we were little kids.”
Crabb, who played much of the season with John Mayer, has been surprised at the speed of Bourne’s improvement.
“His strength and his natural game is getting better and better with each tournament,” Crabb said. “It’s actually been a little faster than I thought it would be.”
The pair spent a lot of time together off the court during Bourne’s recovery. But their on-court communication has taken time to perfect.
“I didn’t know what his calls were for certain sets,” Bourne said. “You have to get a feel for what each of us is going to do in certain situations.”
There will be plenty of time for the team to work on communication and plan for the future, which they hope will include the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, during the offseason. That started immediately following the bronze-medal match.
“We’re going to spend time here in Las Vegas and figure it out after that,” Bourne said.
FINAL U.S. RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS OPEN PRESENTED BY P1440
1 Anders Mol/Christian Sørum, Norway
2 Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek, Poland
3 Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy, Russia
4 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb, USA
5T Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, USA
17T Billy Allen/Ryan Doherty, USA
17T Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske, USA
17T Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick, USA
25T Reid Priddy/Jeremy Casebeer
25T Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal
DNQ Avery Drost/Eric Zaun
1 Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson, Canada
2 Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes, Canada
3 Carolina Solberg Salagado/Maria Antonelli, Brazil
5T Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman, USA
5T Emily Day/Betsi Flint, USA
9T Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes
9T Summer Ross/Sarah Hughes
17T Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings
25T Brittany Howard/Nicole Branagh