Jake Gibb and partner win Crabb-fest in AVP men’s final
HERMOSA BEACH – Taylor Crabb acknowledged it was emotional playing against his older brother Trevor’s team in the quarterfinals of the Hermosa Beach Open on Saturday. The brothers went at one another again in Sunday’s championship match, which figured to really tug on some heartstrings.
Whatever Taylor Crabb was feeling, it didn’t affect his play as he and partner Jake Gibb – seeded second – defeated No. 3 Trevor Crabb and crowd favorite Sean Rosenthal in three sets in front of a packed Stadium Court crowd 2,800.
Scores were 21-16, 17-21, 15-11.
Match point came on a tap over the net by Gibb as Trevor Crabb tried to defend.
It was the AVP’s first Hermosa Beach Open since 2010, and it could not have asked for a better final.
Gibb and Rosenthal toiled as teammates in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
It was the 28th AVP victory for Gibb, just the second for his younger teammate Taylor Crabb. Gibb, 41, hugged Taylor Crabb, 25, after the final point.
“The young kid, he honestly calms me,” said the 6-foot-7 Gibb, a resident of Surf City. “I get so anxious, I want to win so bad and sometimes I can’t contain myself and I look over at him and I feel like he’s not even breathing that hard,
“He’s a really good complement to me. And I’ll tell you, that’s such a special win. To win in Hermosa is, it’s one of the big ones. I’ve never won here.”
Gibb had 11 kills, two digs, two blocks and two aces.
Taylor Crabb led the way with 25 kills and 14 digs for the winners. He was asked what this victory that came against his older brother meant to him. He left that part of it alone.
“Most importantly, it’s that me and Jake won as a team together,” said Redondo Beach resident […]