Misty May-Treanor to play at AVP Championships

Misty May-Treanor

Misty May-Treanor will play more AVP tournaments than Kerri Walsh Jennings this year.

The three-time Olympic beach volleyball champion May-Treanor, who retired after her last gold at the London 2012 Games, is entered in her second domestic tournament in as many months at the AVP Championships in Huntington Beach, Calif., this week (NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra coverage of finals Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. ET).

May-Treanor, 38, is partnered with Brittany Hochevar, the same woman she teamed with to reach the Seattle Open semifinals in August in her first tournament in three years.

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May-Treanor said her initial return to competition in August should not be labeled a comeback. Rather, she was helping her friend Hochevar, who needed a partner for the event. May-Treanor’s agent said this week’s return is along the same lines.

Walsh Jennings played one AVP tournament this season due to her shoulder injuries, cutting it short following last week’s Rio Open on the FIVB World Tour.

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