HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The pair of Hawaii’s Tri Bourne and four-time Olympian Jake Gibb defeated Italy in straight straight sets in their opening game of the Olympic beach volleyball pool game.
Bourne, a native of Oahu, replaced local boy Taylor Crabb after Crabb withdrew from games after testing positive for COVID-19.
With just two complete trainings before the competition, Bourne and Gibb dominated the sand and defeated Italy in two straight sets at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo.
MAGIC!!!! With just two training sessions together, @TriBourne and @JakeGibb win their first game at the Olympics and beat Italy 🇮🇹 21-18, 21-19. How to end the day in Tokyo … and start the day in the US! # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/wxPDAsCmDv
– USAV Beach (@USAVBeach) July 25, 2021
Bourne finished the match with two aces, 21 attack points and five digs.
The couple will now hit Switzerland early Wednesday morning, with a repeat of the action being broadcast on NBCSN at 10:00 p.m. CET.
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