AVP NEW YORK OPEN
Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb have taken the men’s side of the AVP Tour stop in New York City. The two overcame Billy Allen and Stafford Slick in two sets for the final match of the tournament. Since entering the AVP Tour, this is Crabb’s first ever AVP victory.
This is the first tournament on the tour, this year, that Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have not won the top prize, with the pair having to forfeit their elimination round match of the tournament, to drop out and take ninth place.
The New York stop is the third on the tour and the first of the newly announced Gold Series. With this being a Gold Series event, the athletes earn more points to their names and earn a larger payout from the increased purse prize. Gibb and Crabb add another 900 points to their names on the tour, along with $18,000 to split.
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb def. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
- 2-0, (21-16, 25-23)
The champions took down Allen/Slick in a two set match, with the first set coming slightly more easily than the second. The first, Crabb and Gibb were able to take a small lead and keep it to claim the set, while in the set, the score slipped past its regular ending point of 21 to conclude the match and the gold medal.
Crabb put down 18 kills and 11 digs in the victory, while partner Gibb added another 16 kills on a 0.67 hitting percentage, while also blocking three balls.
For the losing squad, Slick crushed 19 balls while adding two blocks to his name, with Allen putting down nine kills and eight blocks in the match.