With baby #2 due any day now, Kerri Walsh probably has a lot of non-volleyball stuff on her mind these days. But with $1.8 million in lifetime earnings on the sand court and three Olympic appearances under her belt, it’s safe to say that there’s more volleyball in her future.
Walsh was born into an extremely athletic family. Her dad Tim played minor league baseball for the Oakland A’s and her mom Margie was a two-time volleyball MVP at Santa Clara. All three of her siblings are athletes as well, two in volleyball and one in basketball.
It seems likely that Kerri’s two children, nearly 1-year-old Joey and his forthcoming baby brother, will keep the athletic tradition alive, since their dad is one of the top players on the men’s AVP tour, Casey Jennings. Kerri and Casey were married in December 2005, and since then have won simultaneous AVP events in 2006 and 2007.
Domestic bliss is great, but Kerri hasn’t let her game slip since becoming a wife and mother. After an amazing career at Stanford, where she became one of only a handful of players to be named a First Team All- American all four years (1996-1999). She was also the first player in PAC-10 history to record 1,500 kills (1,553), 1,200 digs (1,285) and 500 blocks (502).
After helping the US National team take fourth in the 2000 Olympics, Walsh took to the sand. She and her partner Misty May-Traenor have taken the world by storm, despite not playing much together for the past two years due to injury (Misty) and pregnancy (Kerri). Some highlights of their partnership from the AVP website:
Walsh is a two-time AVP MVP (2003, 2004) and part of the Tour’s Team of the Year for the past five seasons. She has also been named AVP Best Offensive Player in 2003. For the third straight season, she was chosen as the FIVB’s Best Hitter, Best Blocker and Sportsperson in addition to collecting the 2007 Best Offensive and Most Outstanding Player awards.
Along with partner Misty May-Treanor, Walsh had one of the longest and most impressive winning streaks in professional sports after winning 89 straight matches on the AVP Tour as well as the international circuit between 2003 and 2004. In 2007 her 20 wins (domestic and international combined) tied her with May-Treanor for the most wins in a single season.
The pair also won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008. Both women have expressed a desire to play together again in the future, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out.
Check out Kerri’s website for more info.
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