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Misty May-Treanor : biography

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Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is a retired American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and the most successful female beach volleyball player with 112 individual championship wins in domestic and international competition.

Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. Together, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest beach volleyball team of all time. May-Treanor retired from competitive play on August 8, 2012 after she and Walsh Jennings finished first in the 2012 Summer Olympic games; they defeated the United States team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the gold medal match.


May-Treanor, just prior to teaming with Kerri Walsh-Jennings for a third straight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, announced that she was retiring from beach volleyball. She confirmed this shortly after the Olympics victory.

May-Treanor has now completed her Graduate Degree with Concordia University Irvine and received a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.


  • Most women's career tournament victories: 112
  • Most women's career earnings: $2,132,733
  • Most women's international career wins: 43
  • 2004 and 2006 – Sportswoman of the Year Award (with Kerri Walsh)

Early life

Misty May was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977 to Barbara and Butch May. She has a brother, Brack, who is a chef and featured on an episode of Chopped on the Food Network. She grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her parents, and played in her first volleyball tournament at age eight with her father. May-Treanor also played soccer and tennis, as well as participating in dance. She attended primary school at Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park and Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica.


May-Treanor played volleyball for the Long Beach State 49ers from 1995 to 1999. The 1998 team that May-Treanor captained was the first women's NCAA volleyball team to have an undefeated season. She graduated with a BA in kinesiology/fitness in 2002 and was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

During her tenure there, she racked up numerous Big West Conference and NCAA awards and honors, including the Honda-Broderick Cup for 1998-99, and back-to-back Player of the Year awards in 1997 and 1998.

May-Treanor attended Concordia University Irvine for her master's degree. She earned a Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration; her degree was conferred on May 4, 2013 in Irvine, California.

NCAA Championship

As the starting setter in 1998, Misty May-Treanor led the Long Beach State 49ers to a Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship with an unprecedented 36–0 record. She shared the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player award after setting a tournament record with 20 service aces.

High School

During high school, May-Treanor lived in Costa Mesa, California , Beach Volleyball Database and attended Newport Harbor High School from 1991 through 1995. There, she helped her team win two state championships in indoor volleyball in 1992 and 1994.

In 1993, May-Treanor was named the Division I All-CIF team Player of the Year. In 1994, she was named by USA Today as the best girls' volleyball player in the nation.

She also participated on the track and field team, excelling in the high jump. In 1993 she finished second to future heptathlete Tracye Lawyer at the CIF California State Meet.

Awards and honors


Big West Conference

May's honors in the Big West Conference include:

  • Big West Conference Freshman of the Year 1995
  • All-Big West First Team 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Big West Player of the Year 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Big West Player of the Week – 6 times
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