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If bloodlines mean anything, then it only makes sense that Newport Harbor High School freshman Misty May has excelled at a net sport. Her cousin is Brett Hansen-Dent, the top singles tennis player at UC Irvine. Her mother, Barbara, played volleyball at UCLA and Cal State Northridge before embarking on a pro tennis career in the late 1960s. Her father, Butch, played volleyball in the 1968 Olympics and is a top local beach volleyball player.
July 11, 2000 | Diane Pucin
The best U.S. women's beach volleyball team might not qualify for the Olympics. First in results, first in money earned, third on the Olympic qualifying list. That's where Costa Mesa's Misty May and Manhattan Beach's Holly McPeak stand. One spot removed from the Olympics. May and McPeak have done better in 2000 on the FIVB Tour, the international traveling show that serves as the Olympic qualification for all beach volleyball teams, than any other Americans.
August 7, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The deficits were there, overwhelmingly and stunningly. But Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings kept coming back and pulled out a 22-20, 22-20 victory in a beach volleyball semifinal Tuesday against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at Horse Guards Parade. The U.S. was down quickly in the first set, 13-7, but Walsh Jennings began to assert herself, piling up four blocks and an ace. One of her blocks put the U.S. ahead, 21-20, and then Zhang hit into the net to end the set. PHOTOS: Day 11 Olympic highlights The U.S. took a 12-8 lead in the second set but couldn't keep it, finding itself down, 20-19.
August 13, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug.12 - 18 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Hope Solo; Jordin Sparks; women's gymnastics team; Nicki Minaj; Ted Danson; Allison Fishman. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Sylvester Stallone; Clinton Kelly. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly Jordin Sparks; Chris Harrison. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View First Lady Michelle Obama.
August 8, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The serve of April Ross kept on going and going, landing long on match point. Kerri Walsh Jennings watched it hit the sand and thrust her arms in the air, child-like delight on her face on this electric night. Three-peat achieved. The enduring duo of Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won gold for the third time, beating Ross and Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16, in the London Olympics women's beach volleyball final Wednesday. It was an all-American meeting, a volleyball finale that could have been played in Huntington Beach or Manhattan Beach, not London.
July 17, 2010 | By Laura Myers
The partnership of Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh is so new that they don't even have matching swimsuits. That didn't seem to be an issue when the two started out; May-Treanor, 32, has two Olympic gold medals and 106 first-place finishes to her name and Branagh, 31, has 15 AVP championships. The pairing of two veterans worked well, as they won at Fort Lauderdale, the first AVP event of the season, on April 18. It was the first time a pair had won their first domestic event together since 2002.
September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.
She studies everything. No point is too insignificant, no approach too mundane for Misty May. That May, a Long Beach State freshman volleyball star, often knows what her coaches want beforehand doesn't matter. She's attentive anyway; always on the attack. Once the lessons are learned, then the fun starts. Her athleticism takes over and May plays at a higher level than most. "She's a really good player," said team captain Brita Schwerm. "She stepped in right away.
Craig Tefertiller, girls' volleyball coach at El Modena High, used his powers of persuasion when Marni Hichborn and Melizza Benitez tried out for his team three years ago. He convinced Hichborn and her parents that she should continue to play despite struggling with grades during her eighth-grade year. She improved her grades, and started as a freshman on the varsity. And he persuaded his assistant coaches not to cut Benitez, a newcomer to the sport, from the freshman-sophomore team.
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