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HAUNTS:The girl's back in town

MISTY MAY-TREANOR'S OLD

VOLLEYBALL: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are going for their ninth AVP win this season in the Long Beach Open.

July 19, 2007|By Soraya Nadia McDonald

Call it hometown, not home-court, advantage.

When Misty May-Treanor plays in the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Long Beach Open this weekend, it won't be just another tournament.

No, this will be the first time AVP's winningest female player will compete professionally in the town she lives in that's also home to her alma mater, Long Beach State.

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It's a place filled with the memories of cavorting and clowning around with her Long Beach State volleyball teammates, and it's the city where she got her first apartment.

Now, May-Treanor — who will play Friday with partner Kerri Walsh as they attempt to win their ninth title in their last nine AVP events — has two homes. One is Long Beach, and the other is Coral Springs, Fla. where she lives with her husband, Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor.

May-Treanor was part of Long Beach State's 1998 NCAA Championship team. In fact, she was named the championship's co-MVP. So she was glad to see the AVP tour making a stop here.

"I think it's great because Long Beach has such a volleyball history," May-Treanor said. "It's nice that for once, the fans and the city of Long Beach don't have to travel anywhere."

May-Treanor is hardly estranged from Long Beach, though her busy schedule means she doesn't see it much. Wednesday, she quickly rattled off a few places that she and her Long Beach State teammates frequented. Simone's Donuts, and BJ's Pizza were staples. Super Mex would hit the spot if the girls were craving Mexican food after a tournament, and May-Treanor was fond of the happy hour specials at Claim Jumper.

May-Treanor, who graduated from Newport Harbor High, is also thrilled to be playing in her current hometown because it means she can get a little sleep.

And not just any sleep. Good sleep.

After weeks of jet-setting between the States and Europe — where she and Walsh are attempting to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in Fédération Internationale de Volleyball tournaments — May-Treanor can finally sleep in her own bed.

"My body feels healthy," May-Treanor said Wednesday, yawning. "I'm just trying to get used to the different time changes. I just get tired."

Tired, indeed.

If May-Treanor and Walsh make it to the women's final Saturday, which takes place at 1:30 p.m., it will give the May-Treanor just enough time to "come home, grab a shower, get clothes, and take off."

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