Former Trojan Tri Bourne Wins 2021 AVP Manhattan Beach Open
Former Trojan and Tokyo Olympian Tri Bourne joined with Trevor Crabb to capture the 2021 AVP Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday (Aug. 22), defeating ex-NBAer Chase Budinger and Casey Patterson in the final, 21-19, 24-22.
Bourne and Crabbe had to come out of the contender's bracket to get to the final after falling on Saturday in 3 sets to another ex-Trojan Andy Benesh and partner Billy Allen. Benesh ended up tied for third (his best finish as a pro), falling to Budinger/Patterson in today's semifinals.
It was Bourne's eighth pro victory (his fourth with Crabb), including his fifth AVP win. He becomes the sixth Trojan male to win the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open (the longest running pro beach tourney in the U.S., since 1960), joining Mike O'Hara (1960-61-62-63-64), Ron Lang (1965-66-67), Steve O'Bradovich (1976), Tim Hovland (1982-83-84-85-87) and Adam Johnson (1994-95).
Another Trojan, April Ross, and her partner Alix Klineman—in their first competition since winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics—captured the women's side of the Manhattan Beach Open. It was her fourth Manhattan Beach Open victory, along with 2014-15-18.
Ross beat former Trojan Kelly Claes and partner Sarah Sponcil in the semis to advance to the final.
There were 11 Trojan women in the 48-player Manhattan Beach Open main draw: in addition to Ross and Claes, they were Terese Cannon, Falyn Fonoimoana, Tina Graudina, Hailey Harward, Sara Hughes, Megan Kraft, Delaynie Maple, Julia Scoles and Geena Urango. Graudina (a 2020 Olympian from Latvia who got to the Tokyo semifinals), Harward, Kraft, Maple and Scoles are current USC players.