Monday, July 11, 2011

Misty May

Misty Erie May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) 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. She attended primary school at Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park. She also suffered from an eating disorder in her younger years.
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.In 1993, May-Treanor was named the Division I All-CIF team Player of the Year In 1994, she was named by USA Today as the best girl's volleyball player in the nation.
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. She graduated with a BA in kinesiology/fitness in 2002 and was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.During her tenure there, she racked up numerous Big West Conference and NCAA awards and honors.
In 1998, as the starting setter, May-Treanor led the 49ers to a 36–0 record and helped them win the Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Long Beach State became the first team to go undefeated in Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball History. In the championship game Long Beach State played Penn State, who was also undefeated entering the title match. Long Beach State won the first two games, Penn State squeaked out victories in games 3 and 4 setting up game 5. In game 5, Penn State stormed out to a 7–2 lead, but May-Treanor orchestrated one of the best comebacks in volleyball championship history, and led Long Beach State to a 15–12 win and a National Championship. She shared the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player award after setting a tournament record with 20 service aces.
She also received the Honda-Broderick Cup as the top female college athlete in 1998. May-Treanor was voted as one of the top 6 players in NCAA volleyball history in 2000, and she is one of only 3 players to win back to back Player of the Year awards.

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