HERMOSA BEACH — While celebrities tried to play volleyball under the sun on Saturday afternoon, the biggest name in the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nivea Tour hit the ball behind the main stadium.
Misty May-Treanor went relatively unnoticed while she and her partner, Nicole Branagh, warmed up.
When the likes of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield stopped punching the ball, it was time for May-Treanor and Branagh to swing away. The duo's third match at the Hermosa Beach Open looked like a sure knockout.
Angela Lewis and Priscilla Lima went into the match winless against any team May-Treanor played on. The Newport Harbor High product no longer plays with Kerri Walsh, so Lewis and Lima went in with a fighter's chance.
The two punched their way into today's quarterfinals after rallying from one game down to upset the second-seeded May-Treanor and Branagh, 15-21, 21-17, 17-15. The outcome stunned the crowd.