The top-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team extended its winning streak to 11 straight matches
The USC sand volleyball team has its sights set on a national championship as 2014 opens
The Women of Troy welcome beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor as the program's volunteer assistant coach
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor is in her first year as the volunteer assistant coach for the USC women's sand volleyball program.
"Misty is a legend in the sports world and she has achieved at the highest levels," said head coach Anna Collier. "USC and our sand volleyball team are extremely privileged to add her to our coaching staff. I believe she will help elevate our team to another level and make us a national contender. She has a great work ethic both on and off the court, which will enable our student-athletes to see the kind of hard work it takes to become a top sand volleyball player."
One of the most decorated athletes in beach volleyball history, May-Treanor is considered to be one of the greatest beach volleyball players of all time. She has won three Olympic gold medals on the beach and teamed with Kerri Walsh-Jennings to become the only duo ever to three-peat in the sport. Among her numerous achievements are the most women's career tournament victories, most women's career earnings, and most women's international career wins.
May-Treanor first teamed with Walsh-Jennings in 2000. Less than two years later, the duo won its first FIVB tour championship in 2002. In 2003, May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings signed with the AVP. In their first year, they went undefeated (39-0), secured eight tournament crowns, and were named the AVP Team of the Year.
May-Treanor's AVP and FIVB honors include seven-time AVP Best Defensive Player, 11-time AVP Best Offensive Player, three-time AVP Crocs Cup Champion, four-time AVP Most Valuable Player, two-time FIVB Best Defensive Player, three-time FIVB Best Offensive Player, FIVB Best Setter, and two-time FIVB Most Outstanding Player.
In 2004, May-Treanor qualified for the Athens Olympics and held a 90-match winning streak with Walsh-Jennings. The duo won the gold medal in dramatic fashion without losing a single set in all seven of its matches.
Upon returning from the Athens games, dubbed Queens of the Beach, the tandem continued to dominate both the AVP and FIVB. May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings returned to Olympic competition in 2008 and became the first beach volleyball team to repeat as gold medalists. May-Treanor was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the women's tournament. In 2012, the team of May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings became the only beach volleyball team ever to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals as they defeated fellow US competitors (and USC alums) April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.
May-Treanor was previously a member of the U.S. Womens National Indoor Volleyball Team. However, shortly after joining the team, she changed courses to pursue a professional career on the beach. Her first teammate was Holly McPeak, a veteran on the prof beach volleyball circuit. The team of May-Treanor and McPeak found quick international success on the FIVB Tour in the 2000 season. They recorded three FIVB tournament wins and never finished below fifth place. Even though they were a year behind the Olympic qualification process, the duo still managed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where they placed fifth.
May-Treanor is one of three players ever to repeat as AVCA National Player of the Year (1997-98). In 1998, she captained Long Beach State to an undefeated season and the NCAA title. Her many collegiate accolades include being named the Big West Freshman of the Year in 1995, a four-time All-Big West First Team member (1995-98), three-time Big West Player of the Year (1996-98), and two-time NCAA First Team All-American (1997-98). As a star setter at Newport Harbor High School, May-Treanor helped lead the Sailors to a pair of California State Championships.