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Former Sailors duel again

Ross gets the best of fellow Newport Harbor High product Misty May-Treanor to claim AVP title in Virginia.

June 22, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com
  • Apirl Ross and her partner won the AVP event in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sunday.
Apirl Ross and her partner won the AVP event in Virginia… (File Photo, Daily…)

On Father's Day, Newport Harbor High volleyball coach Dan Glenn didn't watch two of his girls play in the sand.

While Glenn's former star players, April Ross and Misty May-Treanor, spent their Sunday on opposite sides of the net in Virginia Beach, Va., Glenn was with his family in Newport Beach.

Glenn was at the beach, away from the TV. He might want to stay at home on Sundays from now on.

Ross and May-Treanor are making a habit of playing against each other for all the marbles on the day of rest on national TV. For the second Sunday this month during the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nivea Tour, Ross and May-Treanor led their respective teams to the final.

Glenn watched the first one, the Huntington Beach Open, two weeks ago on TV. Ross and teammate Jennifer Kessy stunned May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh, 14-21, 21-12, 15-11, to win their first AVP title on Southern California soil.

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Glenn hasn't seen the latest meeting between the two teams. He knows who won Sunday because former players have called him.

"Everyone has been trying to give me play-by-play," Glenn said. "But I recorded it and I plan to watch it [Monday night]."

Thanks to TiVo Glenn can watch Ross and Kessy pull off the upset a day later. The two had a lot to celebrate, especially Ross who turned 28, after beating the top-seeded women's team, 21-15, 18-21, 15-12, to claim their sixth career AVP title together.

The outcome doesn't surprise Glenn, who from 1997 to 1999 coached Ross to three CIF Southern Section Division I-AA titles and twice to CIF State Division I titles.

"Certainly Misty was farther along in volleyball when they were younger," said Glenn, who guided May-Treanor to section and state titles as a senior and a mythical national title in 1994, the year May-Treanor earned the USA Today National High School Player of the Year honor. "But Misty and April are similar. They're so competitive.

"My dream is to see them play together for the first time."

The high level at which Ross and Kessy are performing makes it unlikely that Glenn will see Ross and May-Treanor join forces. Ross and Kessy, former USC players, have won 15 times worldwide since teaming up in 2007.

Ross and May-Treanor missed each other at Newport Harbor. May-Treanor graduated a couple of years before Ross' freshman season.

Then there's the question of whether the former Sailors are close.

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