By Jon D. Gaede
When the Professional Volleyball Tour (AVP) makes its West Coast swing, there is no more important tournament than Manhattan Beach, California.
For Johnson and Davis their path to the Manhattan Beach AVP title would have to go through fellow Olympians and four time champions Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs. McPeak and Youngs had won 25 previous matches this year and have shown no sign of weakness. Following their Olympic performance in Sydney, Johnson and Davis decided to take a year off to have their first offspring. Both had boys and the new mothers have been steadily climbing back toward their old form.
Manhattan Beach and thousands of loyal volleyball fans were also the winners on this day. Leonard Armato (Shaquille O’Neil’s former agent) has inked the NBC/AVP Volleyball deal for the new millennium and serves as its president. Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and his partner Dax Holdren defeated Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong to win the men’s side 21-17, 19-21, 18-16.