SoCal: Ross-Klineman & Gibb-Crabb Win the AVP Huntington Beach Open Woman’s & Men’s Championships

The AVP Season Kicked Off this Weekend

The 2019 beach volleyball season got under way this weekend as April Ross and Alix Klineman won their fourth successive AVP Woman’s tournament title Sunday. Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb took the Men’s Championship. Gibb, now 43, won his third Huntington Beach and 30th AVP title.

Ross, a two-time Olympic medalist and Klineman beat Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan 18-21, 21-12, 17-15 in the Woman’s final to win $20,000. The pair fought off a first-set loss and battled for match point in the decisive third set to win it.

“It feels like the first time,” said Ross. “Especially against a team like that with Alix and all the hard work we’ve put in. It’s just a different feeling, and it’s amazing to win in Huntington.”

“Epic,” Klineman chimed in. “It’s amazing. We left off last season on such a high note, and we did overcome obstacles, to win this first one is huge. It’s a lot of confidence and we got confirmation that we’ve been working on the right things”.

Gibb and former Long Beach State All-American Crabb coasted to a 27-25, 21-14. victory over sixth-seeded Chase Budinger and Casey Patterson.

“It’s one of those things that I really feel fortunate to be a professional athlete and have this amazing energy for one hour of my life” said Gibb. “In all honesty, they keep getting sweeter. I just enjoy it more and more the older I get”.

Photos by Scott Padgett