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Misty's golden finish tops 2012

Year In Review

May-Treanor battles fellow Newport Harbor product in Olympic final to headline top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories.

December 29, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
(Robert Gauthier…)

The Summer Olympics in London helped transfix the eyes of the sports world on representatives of Newport-Mesa.

No spotlight was as brilliant as that created when Misty May-Treanor and her partner met fellow Newport Harbor High alumnus April Ross and her partner in the women's beach volleyball final.

Spotlights of varying scope also brought into focus the accomplishments of a few championship teams and individuals to form the top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories for 2012, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff:

1) OLYMPIC BEACH VOLLEYBALL — Newport Harbor High product Misty May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh Jennings topped Newport Harbor graduate April Ross and her partner, Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16, in the gold medal women's beach volleyball match in London.

The match not only highlighted the former Sailors' rise to the top of their sport, but it capped a transcendent career for May-Treanor, who retired from the sport after claiming her third straight Olympic gold medal.

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May-Treanor, who was NCAA Player of the Year and won an NCAA title at Long Beach State after leading Newport Harbor to a pair of CIF State championships, finished with a women's record 112 beach tournament victories during a professional career that began in 1999. Her career winnings were listed at more than $2.1 million. She was 35 in London.

May-Treanor was named USA Volleyball's Athlete of the Year in women's beach volleyball.

May-Treanor added a bronze medal in 2000 to her three Olympic gold medals and became among the few athletes to earn a place on a Wheaties box.

The final gave May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings a 28-5 all-time record against Ross-Kessy. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings finished 21-0 in Olympic competition, having won 42 of 43 sets.

Ross, 30 in London, and Kessy knocked off the top-seeded tandem from Brazil that had beaten them nine straight times in one semifinal.

May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings beat the No. 2-seeded duo from China to reach the final.

Dan Glenn, who coached both players at Newport Harbor, conveyed praise upon two of the Sailors' most famous athletic alumni.

"They both won state championships at Newport, both were NCAA Player of the Year and they are both winners in everything they've ever done," Glenn said.

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