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2016-07-07 11:43:00 CET

Lucky losers making the most of second chance

Americans begin Pool Play with victory

Taylor and Trevor are competing in their first Swatch Major Series event. Photocredit: Melanie Duchene.Taylor and Trevor are competing in their first Swatch Major Series event. Photocredit: Melanie Duchene.

They’re one of two lucky losers still in the Gstaad Major – and brothers Taylor and Trevor Crabb are hoping their chemistry on court can take them even further in the competition.

The Americans are only playing their third FIVB tournament and their first in the Swatch Major Series but on Tuesday it looked as though they were heading for a sharp exit after a country quota defeat to Ryan Doherty and John Mayer.

But, after a reprieve, the brothers battled through qualification and now find themselves one win away from a place in the main draw elimination round after winning their opening Pool Play match on Center Court.

“To play Ryan and John in the country quota was a tough draw for us,” Taylor, 24 and the younger of the siblings, told us. “But we’re happy to be able to get in and now we’re making the most of our second chance.”

“There’s certainly less stress than straight elimination in qualification,” continued Trevor. “We’re more relaxed and we’ll be making the best of our first Major.”

The pair haven’t even played a year together in the professional ranks – having joined forces last August – yet they have already shown their talents in the AVP, winning two silver and two bronze medals this year.

So how did it all come about and what’s it like playing with your brother?

“We grew up playing against each other,” explained Trevor. “We played indoor together at college but it was always in our minds that we wanted to play together and so far it’s been working out.”

“I think what helps us is our chemistry, because we’re brothers,” says Taylor. “If you watch us you’ll see we don’t talk much – we kind of feel and know what we want on court. That’s a little advantage we have over guys that come together and don’t really know each other.”

No team in FIVB history has lost a country quota match and won a tournament. Could the Crabb brothers make history this week? Only time will tell!

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