HUNTINGTON BEACH — April Ross didn’t want to leave the winners’ podium.
The former Newport Harbor High standout wanted to relish the moment, her moment, the one that, finally, belonged to her and teammate Jennifer Kessy.
"I’m tearing up," Ross, a Costa Mesa resident, told a crowd of approximately 3,000 at center court Sunday, site of the Assn. Volleyball Professionals Nivea Tour Huntington Beach Open presented by Bud Light Lime. "I don’t want to get down. I don’t want the moment to end."
What Ross and Kessy did end Sunday was futility in the Southland. The two have four AVP tournament titles to their credit, but none had come in Southern California.
That, was put to rest against the women’s top-seeded team.
Ross and Kessy, who lives in San Clemente, rallied from a game down in the women’s final against Misty May-Treanor, another former Newport Harbor star, and Nicole Branagh (Torrance) to tie the match at a win apiece. The tournament favorites appeared on their way to yet another tour victory as they appeared to be in control of the third game.