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Huntington Beach Open:

Surf City belongs to Misty

VOLLEYBALL: Former Newport Harbor High standout and Walsh win Huntington Beach title for the fifth straight time.

May 04, 2008|By Soraya Nadia McDonald

For a video of the women's final, click here.

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh still own the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Huntington Beach Open, even if the last point of this year’s sweep was briefly and hotly contested.

May-Treanor and Walsh defeated Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder, 21-17, 22-20 Saturday afternoon at the tournament where their partnership began five years ago. They’ve won it together five times, the most of any single location for the duo.

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Wacholder tried to dispute a lift call that ended a rally and the match as she and Turner fought to force a Game 3. With the score 21-20, Wacholder had a low dig on the right side, and Turner bumped the ball over the net. May-Treanor answered, but the play was blown dead when the official called the lift on Wacholder’s dig.

“You’re not really allowed to open-hand and kind of scoop [the ball],” said May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star. “I think had it come off a little faster, it would have been OK, but it kind of stuck.”

There was a few seconds of protesting before the “game over” signal came. May-Treanor and Walsh, who have now won 16 of their past 17 AVP events, split the $20,000 first prize. Turner and Wacholder, who split $15,000 in second place, have never beaten May-Treanor and Walsh.

“I think the hardest part was that it was a late call,” Walsh said. “[The official] waited a beat and then called it, but it was the right call.”

The call capped a sluggish Game 2 for May-Treanor and Walsh, who struggled initially as Turner and Wacholder took a 7-1 lead.

The first two points for May-Treanor and Walsh were both unforced errors from Turner, who hit into the net to make it 4-1, and served wide to make it 7-2.

May-Treanor and Walsh got their first kill of the second game when Walsh spiked a ball down the left side line, but the pair didn’t catch Turner and Wacholder until May-Treanor hit one down the middle for a 17-17 tie.

Walsh was struggling with her passing. She’s been rehabilitating a sore right shoulder and found Saturday that her range still hasn’t completely returned. Walsh had surgery in the fall to remove the bone chips, bone spurs and scar tissue that had been accumulating in her shoulder.

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