Trevor Crabb at 31
REDONDO BEACH, California, USA, September 15, 2020 - Trevor
Crabb has been taking it easy the past six weeks since winning a
major domestic beach volleyball event at the start of August
with Tri Bourne.
"I went on a few trips since playing in the three Long Beach
events," said Crabb, who turns 31 today and is currently listed
with Bourne as the top American men's team on the Tokyo Olympic
provisional ranking chart that have played the required 12
qualifying events. "I have also been training on the sand a
couple times a week to stay in shape."
A standout high school basketball and volleyball player in high
school in his native Hawai'i, Trevor Crabb focused on basketball
in 2009 when he started college at a school in the state of
Washington before switching to volleyball where he played three
seasons (2011-2013) at Long Beach State.
When asked about switching sports, Trevor Crabb said “I knew I
wasn’t good enough to be able to keep playing basketball post
college and I felt I could play professionally in volleyball, so
I made the switch.”
Winning the title on August 2 at the third of three Long Beach
events was especially gratifying for Trevor Crabb and Bourne as
the pair defeated teams that they are competing against for the
two American men’s berths for the Tokyo Olympics.
Trevor Crabb and Bourne have compiled 4,520 for their best 12
finishes while Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb have 5,120 points for
11 events and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 4,640 points for
"It was a great feeling defeating those two teams in the final
Long Beach event after losing to both pairs the previous two
week," said Trevor Crabb, who started playing competitively on
the beach in 2011 with his first FIVB World Tour event in 2014.
"Beating the team that knocked you out before felt great,
especially with Phil and Nick playing great and winning the
first two tournaments by defeating Taylor and Jake in those two
Trevor Crabb and Bourne have a compiled 5-8 record with their
main American rivals. The title match win on August 2 in Long
Beach evened Trevor Crabb and Bourne's record with Dalhausser
and Lucena at 3-3. Trevor Crabb and Bourne's semifinal win over
Taylor Crabb and Gibb the same day snapped a five-match losing
streak to their other American rival.
"Those two teams were the only ones on our radar before the
event," said Trevor Crabb as he and Bourne compiled seven other
domestic wins this season in Long Beach. "We trained all week
before the Long Beach finale just for them and it paid off."
As for the postponement of the 2020 Olympics Games, Trevor Crabb
said "it actually gives us a little benefit because we get
another whole year to get better. We shall see how many events
actually happen before Tokyo with pandemic and all that."
Trevor Crabb and Bourne have played in a combined 24 domestic,
NORCECA and FIVB World Tour events with eight overall podiums
placements. With a combined 68-41 match record (62.4 winning
percentage), Trevor Crabb and Bourne have claimed a gold medal
on each of the three circuits.
Before placing fourth at the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships in Germany, Trevor Crabb and Bourne captured a
World Tour gold medal in October 2018 in China in their first
international start together. At the Hamburg Worlds, the
Americans dropped their final two matches in three sets to
eventual winners Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy of
Russia and Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway.
“Definitely, the World Championships last year in Hamburg,” said
Trevor Crabb when asked about his most memorable moment on the
world stage. “To play in front of that many people was a first
for me. And to make the medal rounds made it even better.”
Being from Hawai’i, Trevor Crabb said his favourite FIVB World
Tour spot “would have to be Gstaad. It’s hard to beat that
scenery. It’s just unlike any other venue because you are
playing in the mountains and not the beach.”
With his younger brother Taylor, who will be 29 this January,
the Crabbs come from an athletic background where their mother
(Paula) was a gymnast at Southern Connecticut University and
their uncle (Tony) was an assistant volleyball coach for the
United States that won the gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles
Olympics. Their cousin Lindsey Berg was a three-time volleyball
Olympian with silver medals from the Beijing 2008 and London
2012 Summer Games.