Taylor Crabb (Punahou) and Jake Gibb have mathematically clinched a nomination to represent the U.S. in beach volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics, July 23-Aug. 8
(Teams/players are nominated then have to be approved by their governing bodies)
Crabb/Gibb earned their berth when Phil Dalhausse-Nick Lucena who did not advance after pool play of the tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The two pairs are currently tied in the Olympic Rankings with 7,040 points, but Crabb/Gibb would win a tiebreaker by virtue of accumulating more points during the Olympic Qualification process that started in 2018.
If approved, it would be Gibb’s fourth Olympics and the first for Crabb. Gibb, at 45, would be the oldest Olympic volleyball competitor, beach or indoor, ever.
Crabb’s brother Trevor (Punahou) and Tri Bourne (AOP) are still in the hunt for the second and final U.S. men’s Olympic berth. If Crabb-Bourne win the tournament, which runs through Sunday, they would earn the bid on points over Dalhausser-Lucerna. The pairs are 2-3 in point standings.
Tr. Crabb-Bourne won Pool E to advance to the second round.
The U.S. women’s teams will be Alix Klineman-April Ross and Kelly Claes-Sarah Sponcil.