Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Hyden and Bourne Win Bronze at Sochi Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – John Hyden and Tri Bourne achieved a remarkable feat at the Sochi Open, securing a bronze medal and marking their third podium finish during the 2016 Olympic qualification period.

A Strong Performance

Both of the U.S. women’s teams, Jennifer Kessy/Emily Day and Jennifer Fopma/Brittany Hochevar, placed ninth in the competition. Meanwhile, Hyden and Bourne’s bronze medal is their third of the 2016 Olympic qualification season, following their silver win at the Xiamen Open a few weeks ago and their triumph at the Qatar Open in April.

A Thrilling Match

In their second match against Italy, Hyden and Bourne faced a tough challenge against the fifth-seeded team of Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula. However, the American duo displayed great determination and clinched victory with a score of 21-19, 19-21, 15-9. Unfortunately, their semifinal match against Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo ended in a loss, with a final score of 21-17, 21-13.

Strong Overall Performance

Overall, the American men had an impressive run in the tournament, dropping only one set in the third round and suffering a narrow defeat to Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl in the pool play, with a score of 22-20, 22-20.

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Women’s Teams Remain Competitive

For the U.S. women’s teams, Kessy and Day secured a ninth-place finish, maintaining their consistent performance in the Olympic qualification process. They dominated their pool with a 3-0 record but were unfortunately eliminated in the second round by Germany’s Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler, with a score of 24-14, 21-17. Fopma and Hochevar faced a similar fate, bowing out in the second round after a hard-fought match against Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, with a final score of 21-16, 17-21, 15-8. However, Fopma and Hochevar managed to win their pool with a 2-1 record and secured a bye into the second round based on point ratio over Poland.

Olympic Qualification

With four events left in the Olympic qualification rankings, the United States is expected to qualify two teams per gender. The rankings will conclude on June 13, and the upcoming events include the Antalya Open, Cincinnati Open, and the Moscow and Germany Grand Slams.

In Review

FIVB Sochi Open – John Hyden and Tri Bourne’s bronze medal improves their Olympic ranking points by 100. Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day tied for ninth, maintaining their provisional Olympic ranking points. Jennifer Fopma and Brittany Hochevar also tied for ninth, securing their third top-ten finish in 2016.

Upcoming Events – May 10-15: Antalya Open, May 11-16: U21 World Championships, May 17-22: Cincinnati Open, May 20-22: NVL Port St. Lucie, May 24-29: Moscow Grand Slam, June 2-5: AVP Seattle, June 7-12: Hamburg Grand Slam, June 14-19: Olsztyn Grand Slam, June 16-19: AVP New York City, June 24-26: NVL San Antonio, June 28-July 3: Porec Major.

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Q1: What was the outcome of the Sochi Open for John Hyden and Tri Bourne?
A1: John Hyden and Tri Bourne won a bronze medal at the Sochi Open.

Q2: How did the U.S. women’s teams perform in the tournament?
A2: Both U.S. women’s teams, Jennifer Kessy/Emily Day and Jennifer Fopma/Brittany Hochevar, tied for ninth place in the Sochi Open.

Q3: What are the upcoming events in the Olympic qualification process?
A3: The upcoming events are the Antalya Open, Cincinnati Open, and the Moscow and Germany Grand Slams.


In a thrilling competition at the Sochi Open, John Hyden and Tri Bourne claimed the bronze medal, adding to their impressive track record during the 2016 Olympic qualification period. Despite a setback in the semifinals, the American duo showcased their skills and determination throughout the tournament. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s teams demonstrated their capabilities, securing a solid ninth-place finish. With several events remaining in the qualification process, the United States is well-positioned to qualify both of its teams per gender for the upcoming Olympics. Stay tuned for the Antalya Open and other exciting competitions ahead. Visit our website to follow all the updates and join us on this thrilling journey to the Olympics.