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April 23, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas — Newport Harbor High product Misty May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh defeated Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs, 21-14, 21-19, in the final Sunday to win the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Cuervo Gold Crown Dallas Open at the Ballpark in Arlington. The win avenged a 21-19, 21-19 loss to Branagh-Youngs in the semifinals of the season-opening Miami Open last week. Branagh and Youngs went on to win that event. May-Treanor and Walsh, who won the final seven events of the 2006 AVP season, have not gone consecutive weeks without winning an AVP tour event since 2004.
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September 1, 2008
MASON, Ohio — Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh had their 111-consecutive-match streak was snapped Sunday at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Crocs Cup Shootout. May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star, and Walsh, the two-time Olympic gold-medal winning duo, lost to Elaine Young and Nicole Branagh, 21-19, 10-21, 25-23, in 105 minutes. May-Treanor suffered their last loss, on Aug. 19, 2007, to Branagh and Youngs. May-Treanor and Walsh beat April Ross, also a former Newport Harbor standout, and Jen Boss in the semifinals, 21-14, 23-21.
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September 10, 2012
SANTA BARBARA - Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal won the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Santa Barbara Open men's title Sunday, while Newport Harbor High product April Ross teamed with Jen Kessy to win the women's crown. Gibb/Rosenthal, the No. 6 seed, defeated Brad Keenan and John Mayer, 21-16, 21-16, 21-18 in the best-of-five final. Ross/Kessy topped Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh, 21-19, 21-16, in the final. Estancia High product Matt Fuerbringer lost in the men's semifinals, while former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik reached the women's semifinals.
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April 22, 2010
Misty May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High standout, and Nicole Branagh had their way in their first professional event as a team when they won in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last week. But their debut in international competition did not fare as well. They finished ninth at the FIVB Tour’s stop in Brasilia, Brazil Thursday. The ninth-place finish is May-Treanor’s lowest finish on the FIVB Tour since 2000, which does not include forfeits due to injury. Austria’s Barbara Hansel and Sara Montagnolli, the No. 10 seeds, took out May-Treanor and Branagh, 21-16, 21-18.
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August 20, 2007
QUINCY, Mass. — A victory over Misty May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh could be considered revolutionary these days on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour, where the Newport Harbor High product and her partner had won the last 10 events they had entered. And, in fact, that streak came to and end Sunday, as Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh rallied for a 15-21, 21-19, 16-14 victory in the final of the Boston Open Sunday. The loss ended a 39-match AVP winning streak for May-Treanor and Walsh, who had won 21 straight championship matches, in AVP and international events.
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April 19, 2010
May-Treanor wins FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Misty May-Treanor and first-time partner Nicole Branagh won the season-opening Assn. of Volleyball Professionals event Sunday. May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High star, teamed with Branagh to top No. 6-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner, 21-14, 21-17, in the title match. Newport Harbor alumna April Ross, who along with Jen Kessy formed the No. 2 seeded entry, was upset in the semifinals and finished tied for third.
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March 5, 2011
Misty May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star, and Kerri Walsh are reuniting as a team to make a run at a third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball, according to a report by NBC Sports. May-Treanor met with Walsh for lunch in Manhattan Beach to let her know that she wanted to play this season, the report said. May-Treanor had said he was taking 2011 off last summer. "I'm extremely excited to partner with Kerri again, to go out and defend our Olympic gold medal and represent the United States," May-Treanor told NBC. "We feel very strongly that London will be a great Olympic Games.
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September 3, 2012
Newport Harbor High product April Ross and partner Jennifer Kessy won the women's title at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Cincinnati Open at Washington Park on Sunday. Ross and Kessy, who won the silver medal at the London Olympics and were the No. 2 seed in the AVP event, the first of the season for the domestic beach volleyball organization owned now by Newport Beach resident Donald Sun, defeated No. 4-seeded Kerri Walsh and Nicole Branagh, 21-11, 21-18, in the final. Ross and Kessy knocked off former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik and Jenny Kropp, the No. 1-seeded entry, 21-12, 21-16, in the semifinals.
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September 6, 2010
The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals season is over, but April Ross and Jennifer Kessy continue to win pro tournaments on the sand. Ross, a former Newport Harbor High star, and Kessy captured the women's title at the Cincinnati Players Championship Sunday. When the AVP folded last month there was still a desire to put on a Labor Day weekend tournament at recently completed Hahana Beach Sports Complex in Columbia Township. The prize money was lowered for the event. Ross and Kessy reportedly shared $10,000, as opposed to the usual $20,000 for winning an AVP event.
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September 10, 2012
SANTA BARBARA - Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal won the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Santa Barbara Open men's title Sunday, while Newport Harbor High product April Ross teamed with Jen Kessy to win the women's crown. Gibb/Rosenthal, the No. 6 seed, defeated Brad Keenan and John Mayer, 21-16, 21-16, 21-18 in the best-of-five final. Ross/Kessy topped Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh, 21-19, 21-16, in the final. Estancia High product Matt Fuerbringer lost in the men's semifinals, while former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik reached the women's semifinals.
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September 3, 2012
Newport Harbor High product April Ross and partner Jennifer Kessy won the women's title at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Cincinnati Open at Washington Park on Sunday. Ross and Kessy, who won the silver medal at the London Olympics and were the No. 2 seed in the AVP event, the first of the season for the domestic beach volleyball organization owned now by Newport Beach resident Donald Sun, defeated No. 4-seeded Kerri Walsh and Nicole Branagh, 21-11, 21-18, in the final. Ross and Kessy knocked off former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik and Jenny Kropp, the No. 1-seeded entry, 21-12, 21-16, in the semifinals.
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March 5, 2011
Misty May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star, and Kerri Walsh are reuniting as a team to make a run at a third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball, according to a report by NBC Sports. May-Treanor met with Walsh for lunch in Manhattan Beach to let her know that she wanted to play this season, the report said. May-Treanor had said he was taking 2011 off last summer. "I'm extremely excited to partner with Kerri again, to go out and defend our Olympic gold medal and represent the United States," May-Treanor told NBC. "We feel very strongly that London will be a great Olympic Games.
SPORTS
September 6, 2010
The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals season is over, but April Ross and Jennifer Kessy continue to win pro tournaments on the sand. Ross, a former Newport Harbor High star, and Kessy captured the women's title at the Cincinnati Players Championship Sunday. When the AVP folded last month there was still a desire to put on a Labor Day weekend tournament at recently completed Hahana Beach Sports Complex in Columbia Township. The prize money was lowered for the event. Ross and Kessy reportedly shared $10,000, as opposed to the usual $20,000 for winning an AVP event.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 13, 2010
Raquel Caulkins and her partner Saralyn Smith moved thousands of miles away from home to be closer to the beach for the same reason. They wanted to play beach volleyball and earn some money while performing on the sand. Caulkins came from Brazil and Smith from Connecticut. Their dreams to turn pro started at different times, Smith eight years ago and Caulkins last year. The careers of Smith and Caulkins on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour ended on the same day. Of all days, the duo learned on Friday the 13th that the AVP killed the tour due to financial troubles and its inability to find new investors.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 17, 2010
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.
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David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 13, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH — More than 100 volleyball fans went to a bookstore to see Misty May-Treanor serve up more than balls. She can be one funny act, even at a Barnes & Noble on a Tuesday night in Huntington Beach. Mostly teenage girls, mothers and grandmothers sat in chairs, on the floor, and some stood while listening to May-Treanor's every word. Most often than not, they laughed before lining up to get May-Treanor to sign her autobiography, "Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life."
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July 3, 2010
Newport Harbor High alumna Misty May-Treanor and partner Nicole Branagh have advanced to the semifinals of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour ConocoPhillips Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway. May-Treanor and Branagh, seeded seventh, received a bye in round two of the single-elimination rounds Friday because they were undefeated in pool play. They then swept their third-round match against No. 14 Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel of the Netherlands, 21-19, 21-17, in 39 minutes. May-Treanor and Branagh will face the No. 1 team of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, of Brazil, in a semifinal today.
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By Mike Sciacca | June 8, 2010
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."
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