Friday, August 19, 2011

Misty May-Treanor: The greatest beach volleyball player of all time.
Misty Erie May-Treanor is an American professional volleyball player and actress. She has won more tournaments than any other female player with 107 career wins.

May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. They have been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time."

Misty E. May was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977. She grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her parents, Butch and Barbara. At age eight, she played her first volleyball tournament with her father, and played other sports like soccer and tennis, as well as participating in dance.

May-Treanor spent her high school years in Costa Mesa, California. She attended Newport Harbor High School from 1991 through 1995. There, she helped her team win two state championships in indoor volleyball in 1992 and 1994.

May-Treanor played volleyball for the Long Beach State 49ers from 1995 to 1999. The 1998 team that May-Treanor was the captain of was the first women's NCAA volleyball team to have an undefeated season.

The team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics by defeating the Brazilian team in the finals.

In 2008, May-Treanor and Walsh repeated as Olympic gold medalists, defeating the first-seeded Chinese team in two games. They are the only beach volleyball team to repeat as gold medalists.
May-Treanor (left) in a bear-hug with Kerri Walsh

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