BVA Tour Partners Davis and Johnson Jordan Announce They are Both Pregnant
(from BVA Media Relations)
The Beach Volleyball America (BVA) team of Annett Davis and Jennifer Johnson Jordan have announced a new partnership agreement. For the upcoming 2001 season, both will forgo the competition on the sand and will pair up in a new partnership, this time in motherhood.
The team of Davis and Jordan excelled on the BVA's inaugural season, winning both the Santa Monica Open and the U.S. Tour Championships in San Diego, California. They were the USA's top seed going into the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and ended up finishing in 5th place at the Summer Games. Annette, who is married to world-class swimmer Byron Davis, is due in June. Johnson Jordan, married to former UCLA wide-receiver Kevin Jordan and the daughter of Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson is due in October.
The two have experienced success together in the sport of volleyball since college. They both were All-Americans at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The duo first paired up on the sand in 1997. Within two years they became the winningest USA Team, men or women, on the beach. Combined they have won six tournaments and more than $210,000.
Although Davis and Johnson Jordan will not compete on he BVA Tour during their pregnancies, both are continuing weight training and conditioning, and expect to be back on the both the BVA and FIVB circuits for the 2002 season.
"We found out we were pregnant on Oct. 16, just a few weeks after coming home from the Olympic Games," said Davis. "We were definitely concentrating only on work until our final game, and then we let loose and had a lot of fun. What a surprise and an overwhelming feeling of joy it was to find out we were pregnant. I guess the Olympic Games in Sydney turned out to be the best time in my life after all." Although elated about the new addition to her family, Annette Davis can't wait to get back to the domestic competition, "The success of the first year of the BVA has revitalized women's beach volleyball, and that is very exciting."
"Competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games was a dream come true for me and this past month, another dream came true when Kevin and I found out we are expecting our first child this fall," said Johnson Jordan. "Needless to say, I will be taking the year off from competition, but look forward to playing in the 2002 season."
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