Tri Bourne Grabs FIVB Gold at Berlin Grand Slam

    Former USC men's volleyball star Tri Bourne

    June 26, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - Former USC men's volleyball player Tri Bourne teamed with John Hyden (San Diego State) to win the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam on Sunday, June 22. It is Bourne's first FIVB gold medal and makes Hyden the oldest men's player ever to win FIVB open gold. It was also a belated birthday present for Bourne who celebrated his 25th on June 20.

    Previously, Bourne had finished as high as fifth in FIVB events in his only tourney with Derek Olson. With Hyden, Bourne claimed a second-place finish at the AVP Championships at Huntington Beach on Oct. 20, 2013. The duo also advanced to the semifinals of the recently completed AVP St. Petersburg Open.

    Bourne and Hyden have earned AVP semifinals finishes three times and runner-up status twice, but the FIVB gold is Bourne's first-ever top finish on the pro beach circuit. They were fifth at both the AVP Salt Lake City Open and AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Then, they were third at the AVP Cincinnati Open. After a seventh-place finish at the AVP Atlantic City Open, Bourne-Hyden had a third-place showing at the AVP St. Petersburg Open and then were second at the AVP Santa Barbara Open. They collected $45,500 in AVP earnings in 2013.

    Bourne-Hyden knocked off fellow American duo Nick Lucena and Ryan Doherty in the finals of the Berlin Grand Slam, which marked the first time two qualifier teams made it to a grand slam final. Hyden and Bourne took the win, 21-17, 21-11, to pocket the $57,000 purse. The title match was the first USA-USA gold-medal match since the Shanghai Grand Slam on May 6, 2012, where Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.

    To reach the final, both American teams met Brazilian foes in the semis. Hyden and Bourne dismantled Emanuel Rego and Pedro Solberg Salgado, 21-16, 21-13, while Doherty and Lucena shut down Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Alison Cerutti in a close three set match, 15-21, 21-18, 15-11.

    Following their qualification, Bourne-Hyden took out Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann of Canada, 21-16, 21-16, in the round of 16. They defeated Poland's Grzegorz.

    Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel in three sets, 15-21, 21-17, 15-12, in the quarterfinals, and then earned the impressive win over Rego and Salgado of Brazil in the semifinals. Bourne and Hyden went 16-1 in sets during the open, and held opponents to 15.6 points per set. 

    Bourne, a native of Hawaii, is 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.