Tri Bourne Win Bronze At FIVB World Tour Finals In Toronto|
Sept. 18, 2016
Former USC men’s volleyball player Tri Bourne teamed with John Hyden to win the bronze medal at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday (Sept. 18).
Bourne and Hyden were the only duo in the 12-team men’s tournament that didn’t compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 8 best teams in the FIVB World Tour rankings, plus 4 wild card teams, competed. Bourne and Hyden were ranked fifth.
In pool play, Bourne and Hyden defeated Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk and Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg. They then defeated countrymen Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena to advance to the tourney’s semifinals, but fell there to Goncalves and Solberg. In the bronze medal match, they swept Saxton and Schalk again to capture the $20,000 prize.
Bourne played in 19 FIVB events in 2016, placing second once (Xiamen in China) and third 3 times (Toronto, Doha in Qatar and Sochi in Russia). He also finished second in both of his 2016 AVP tourneys (Manhattan Beach and Chicago).
Bourne and Hyden were the AVP’s 2015 Men’s Team of the Year when they won a pair of AVP tournaments (along with a second and third place finish). In 2015, the duo also finished as high as fifth 4 times in FIVB play and ninth 3 other times.
Bourne, 27, was the 2014 AVP Best Offensive Player, as well as the 2013 AVP Newcomer of the Year and the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year. He and Hyden also captured an FIVB and an AVP tourney in 2014.
A native of Hawaii, Bourne started 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.
At 44, Hyden was the oldest player in the FIVB World Tour Finals competition.