Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is a retired American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and as of August 2012[update], the most successful female beach volleyball player with 112 individual championship wins in domestic and international competition.
May-Treanor in 2007
|Full name||Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor|
|Born||July 30, 1977|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||159 lb (72 kg)|
|Beach volleyball information|
Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. They also won the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007. They have been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time."
- 1 Early life
- 2 High school
- 3 College
- 4 Professional career
- 5 Olympic History
- 6 Politics
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Retirement
- 9 Awards and honors
- 10 Achievements
- 11 TV and film appearances
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
Misty May was born in 1977 in Los Angeles to Barbara (née Grubb), a nationally ranked tennis player, and Butch May, a member of the 1968 United States men's national volleyball team. She has a half brother, Brack, who is a chef and featured on an episode of Chopped on the Food Network. Her mother's sister, Betty, is a former professional tennis player, and thus making Misty a first cousin to professional tennis player Taylor Dent. She grew up playing beach volleyball with her parents at the Santa Monica Pier, and at age 8 teamed with her father to play in her first beach volleyball tournament. She was baby-sat by Karch Kiraly. May also played soccer and tennis, as well as participating in dance. She attended primary school at Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park and Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica.
May grew up in Costa Mesa, California, attending Newport Harbor High School from 1991 through 1995. She helped her team win the state championship in volleyball in both her sophomore and senior years, 1992 and 1994. During her junior year in 1993 she was named the Division I All-CIF team Player of the Year, and the following year she was selected by USA Today as the best high school girls' volleyball player in the nation. While at Newport Harbor High she also competed in track and field, excelling in the high jump. At the CIF California State Meet in 1993 she finished second in the high jump to future heptathlete Tracye Lawyer.
May-Treanor was inducted into the inaugural class of the Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame in 2014.
May played volleyball for the Long Beach State 49ers from 1995 to 1999. The 1998 team that May captained 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, including the Honda-Broderick Cup for 1998–99, and back-to-back National Player of the Year awards in 1997 and 1998.
May attended Concordia University Irvine for her master's degree. She earned a master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration; her degree was conferred on May 4, 2013 in Irvine, California.
As the starting setter in 1998, Misty May led the Long Beach State 49ers to a Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship with a 36–0 record. She shared the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player award after setting a tournament record with 20 service aces.
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1999–2000: Early career with Holly McPeakEdit
May played her first professional match on the AVP tour in May 1999 while still a college senior. After graduating from Long Beach State in 1999, she joined the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. After a few months she quit the national team to focus on beach volleyball, teaming with Holly McPeak.
The 2000 season saw the team of May and McPeak find success, both in domestic and international competitions. They won their first tournament together in April at a USAV event, followed by two wins on the FIVB tour, and one on the now-defunct BVA. May was selected as the BVA Rookie of the Year for 2000. With three FIVB tournament wins and no finishes lower than 5th, the pair qualified for one of the two US Olympic berths, a goal McPeak was looking for when she first partnered with May. At the 2000 Summer Olympics the pair won in the opening round and in the round of 16 before losing 16-14 in a hard fought quarterfinal match against Sandra Pires and Adriana Samuel of Brazil. The quarterfinal loss left the team in a tie for 5th place at the Sydney games.
2001 to Beijing 2008: Dominance with partner Kerri WalshEdit
After completing the 2000 season with McPeak, May teamed up with a new partner Kerri Walsh, playing as a defender behind Walsh's block. Rather than play on the newly reformed AVP tour, the duo spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons gaining valuable experience competing on the international FIVB tour. They won their first FIVB tour championship in 2002. In 2003, May and Walsh signed with the AVP. They received "Team of the Year" honors after having an undefeated domestic season, going 39–0 in match victories with eight tournament wins. On the 2003 international tour, May-Treanor and Walsh went 52-4 in match victories.
For nearly the entire period from their initial partnering in 2001, to their respective hiatuses in late 2008, May-Treanor and Walsh dominated both the AVP and FIVB beach volleyball tours. At one point, May-Treanor and Walsh had a win streak of 112 consecutive matches and 19 straight tournaments that lasted from August 2007 to August 2008, breaking their own previous record of 89 consecutive match wins and 15 straight tournaments, set before the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Following their gold medal victory at the Beijing Olympics, May-Treanor and Walsh returned to the 2008 AVP Tour. Their win streak of 112 matches was broken with an upset victory by fellow 2008 Olympians Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs at the AVP Shootout in Cincinnati, Ohio. May-Treanor and Walsh lost again on September 7, falling to April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the semifinals of an AVP tournament in Santa Barbara, California, marking the first time since April 2007 that the duo missed reaching an AVP tour final.
For the 2010 season, with Walsh taking a break from competition for the birth of her second son, May-Treanor teamed up with Branagh. The two won several tournaments together, but struggled for much of the year.
May-Treanor played much of her 2002 season with a torn PCL before undergoing surgery that September.
Soon after winning her gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, May-Treanor ruptured her achilles tendon during dance practice for a performance on the show Dancing with the Stars. It was successfully repaired, though she did not return to competition for nearly a year.
May-Treanor was a member of the women's volleyball coaching staff at Irvine Valley College beginning in 2001, though she is no longer listed as a staff member. IVC head coach, Tom Pestolesi, was her high school volleyball coach.
As of July 2016, she serves as the Director of Volleyball at Long Beach City College where she coaches the women's indoor and beach volleyball teams. The LBCC indoor and beach teams thrived under her leadership. In the 2016-17 season, the Vikings went 16-5 and won their first conference title in 16 years, also qualifying for the state playoffs where they made it to the second round. For beach, they were successful in their inaugural year, making it to the state finals and having one of the teams win the state title. In the 2017-18 season, the indoor team went 18-5 and again lost in the second round of playoffs.
She also owns a beach volleyball club called Dream in Gold (DIG) to train the next generation of beach volleyball players.
Riding a 90-match win streak, May and Walsh continued their winning ways through the 2004 Summer Olympics. In semifinal play, the pair defeated fellow Americans — and May's former partner — Holly McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs. May and Walsh defeated Brazil in the championship match to win the gold medal. The duo did not lose a single set in all seven matches.
On August 21, 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 was named the Most Outstanding Player for the women’s competition.
May-Treanor and Walsh competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In the preliminary round, they extended their Olympic winning streak to 32 consecutive sets without a loss with wins over Australia and the Czech Republic. The streak came to an end when they lost their first set to the Schwaiger sisters from Austria; May-Treanor and Walsh went on to win the match 17–21, 21–8, 15–10. May-Treanor and Walsh defeated fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the final to claim the gold medal (21–16, 21–16).
In 2018, May, along with Bill Belichick, Mariano Rivera, Herschel Walker, were appointed by President Trump to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition; she serves as co-chair.
May began dating baseball player Matt Treanor in January 2004. The two wed in November of that year. She and her husband reside in Coral Springs, Florida. They also own a home in Long Beach, California. On June 3, 2014, in Long Beach, May-Treanor gave birth to a daughter, Malia Barbara. In November 2017, she gave birth to twin daughters.
May-Treanor has two half brothers, Brack and Scott. Brack is a chef and competed on the Food Network show Chopped. Her first cousin is former professional tennis player Taylor Dent. She attended Concordia University in Irvine, California to earn a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration. She serves as a Sports Ambassador for Special Olympics Southern California and served on the group's Board of Governors.
In her autobiography May-Treanor stated her childhood was unstable. She asserted both of her parents were alcoholics. During times when her parents were drinking, they might leave May-Treanor by herself for hours. She stated she would often play video games in bars while waiting for her parents. She also asserted her mother would at times become violent when drinking. From the age of 4 to 15, she lived with her grandparents. In 1988, her father committed to living his life sober after an automobile accident in which he struck and nearly killed a motorcyclist. May-Treanor's autobiography also revealed she had been sexually assaulted while in college. She pressed charges against her assailant and testified at trial.
A tattoo on May-Treanor's shoulder of an angel with the initials "B.M." is a dedication to her mother, who died of cancer in 2002.
May-Treanor, just prior to teaming with Kerri Walsh-Jennings for a third straight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, announced that she was retiring from beach volleyball. She confirmed this shortly after the Olympics victory.
May-Treanor completed her Graduate Degree with Concordia University Irvine and received a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.
Awards and honorsEdit
Big West ConferenceEdit
May-Treanor's honors in the Big West Conference include:
- Big West Conference Freshman of the Year 1995
- All-Big West First Team (4): 1995–1998
- Big West Player of the Year (3): 1996–1998
- Big West Player of the Week – 6 times
- NCAA Division I First Team All-American 1997, 1998
- National Player of the Year 1997, 1998
- Honda Sports Award 1998–99
- Honda-Broderick Cup 1998–99
- NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, 1998
- AVP Best Defensive Player (3): 2006–2008
- AVP Best Offensive Player (5): 2004–2008
- AVP Crocs Cup Champion (3): 2006–2008 (all with Kerri Walsh)
- AVP Most Valuable Player (4): 2005–2008
- AVP Team of the Year (6): 2003–2008 (all with Kerri Walsh)
- FIVB Best Defender (2): 2007–2008
- FIVB Best Attacker (3): 2005, 2007–2008
- FIVB Best Setter (1): 2005
- FIVB Most Outstanding (2): 2005, 2008
- FIVB Sportsperson (2): 2007, 2008
- FIVB Tour Champion (1): 2002 (with Kerri Walsh)
- BVA Rookie of the Year 2000
- Most Outstanding Player at the 2004/2008 Summer Olympics.
Women's Sports FoundationEdit
Hall of FameEdit
May-Treanor has been inducted into the following Halls of Fame:
TV and film appearancesEdit
In 2008, she competed in season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon during a training session for the show, and was consequently forced to withdraw from the competition.
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- "Meet Team USA: Women's Beach Volleyball". Harpo Productions, Inc. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
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- "Inductee Gallery: Misty May-Treanor". Volleyball Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
- May-Treanor, Misty; Lieber Steeg, Jill (2010). Misty: My Journey Through Volleyball and Life. New York: Scribner. p. 26. ISBN 978-1439148556.
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- "Three from O.C. grab top honors". The Orange County Register. December 10, 1993.
- Osterman, David (December 20, 1994). "Misty May nationally recognized for her volleyball prowess". The Orange County Register.
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- Virgen, Steve (May 21, 2014). "Newport Harbor announces first Hall of Fame class". Los Angeles Times.
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- "Past Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Winners". Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Misty May-Treanor – Profile: 1999 AVP Pro Beach Tour, Beach Volleyball Database
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- Misty May-Treanor – Profile: 1999 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour, Beach Volleyball Database
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- "AVP Fans Are Seeing Her Take the Beach by Storm". LA Times. April 29, 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
- "BRACKET CHALLENGE ROUND 1: BONNIE BLAIR OR KERRI WALSH JENNINGS AND MISTY MAY-TREANOR?". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- "Record streak snapped: May-Treanor, Walsh fall in Ohio". USA Today. August 31, 2008.
- Associated Press (September 7, 2008). "May-Treanor and Walsh lose again, this time in the semis". USA Today. Retrieved September 7, 2008.
- Myers, Laura (July 17, 2010). "Misty May-Treanor, Nicole Branagh still adjusting as a team". Los Angeles Times.
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- Irvine Valley College volleyball coaching staff (Internet Archive)
- "Irvine Valley coach talks Misty May". Orange Country Register.
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- Editor, Mike Guardabascio Sports. "Long Beach City College Volleyball Thriving Under Misty May-Treanor". www.Gazettes.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- "2017 LBCC Women's Volleyball Schedule - Long Beach City College". www.lbccvikings.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
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- Evans, B.J. "May-Treanor named Olympic Most Outstanding Player". USA Volleyball. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
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- Juneau, Jen (December 1, 2017). "Meet Misty May-Treanor's Twins! Olympian Introduces Daughters Mele and Mia Alongside Big Sister Malia". People. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
- Moore, David Leon (August 12, 2004). "Beach volleyball's dynamic duo". USA Today.
- "Olympic Medalist talks about MCAA". Retrieved October 6, 2012.
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- "MISTY'S DONE". AP. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "2008 Women's Volleyball Media Guide" (PDF). Big West Conference.
- "Player Awards". www.bvbinfo.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Five Legends Enshrined into International Volleyball Hall of Fame". International Volleyball Hall of Fame. October 22, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
- Chan, Ed (January 5, 2017). "Southern California Indoor Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees". Volleyballmag.com.
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- "May-Treanor has torn Achilles, Burke says". MSNBC. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.
- "Misty May-Treanor". IMDb. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
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