LBSU Alums Advance to Main Draw of AVP Milwaukee Open
Crabb & McKienzie will move on to 16-team double elimination tournament
July 3, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Long Beach State alums David McKienzie and Trevor Crabb both advanced to the main draw of the AVP Milwaukee Open by winning three matches with their respective partners in the qualifier's bracket on Thursday.
McKienzie teamed up with Billy Kolinske to upset the top-seeded duo of Avery Drost/Ty Tramblie, 21-19, 21-18, in the final round of the qualifying tournament. McKienze was a four-year letterwinner at LBSU from 1998-2001. He was a three-time All-American, three-time All-MPSF selection and led The Beach to the NCAA finals in 1999. McKienzie still holds the single-match record with 58 kills in a five-set victory at BYU (March 19, 1999). Following his collegiate career, McKienzie played professionally overseas and was also a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
Crabb graduated from Long Beach State in 2013 and has quickly made a name for himself on the professional beach scene. Crabb and partner Steven VanderWerp defeated fourth-seeded Brian Bomgren/Tim Bomgren in their final match of the day. It will mark the second-straight main draw appearance for the pair as they also qualified on the first stop of the AVP Tour in St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 29-June 1).
In addition, Crabb recently teamed up with Billy Allen to win the NORCECA qualifier in Santa Monica on June 25. The victory gives the pair the first choice of competing in the NORCECA Beach Tour events in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic (July 30-Aug. 4), Veradero, Cuba (Aug. 20-25), St. Lucia (Sept. 10-15) and Puerto Rico (Sept. 17-22).
Crabb and McKienzie will be back in action at the AVP Milwaukee Open on Friday, July 4. Fans can follow the results of the tournament by CLICKING HERE.
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