Jenny Johnson Jordan has a bit of a problem when asked where she lives these days.
“If they ask where I live, I say Pittsburgh, but if they ask where are you from, I say L.A.,” said the veteran AVP beach volleyball player, who grew up in West L.A., starred at UCLA and was living in Tarzana until moving to Wexford, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb, last summer.
The move was a leap of faith because her husband, Kevin Jordan — the former UCLA football standout receiver — accepted a job as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team chaplain. His prayers must have been answered — the team won the Super Bowl, and coach Mike Tomlin gave him plenty of credit for establishiing unitity on the roster.
JJJ, who with longtime partner Annett Davis finished second at the AVP’s stop in Manhattan Beach three weeks ago, is gearing up for this weekend’s Hermosa Beach Open (finals are Saturday, Channel 4, 1:30 p.m.).
We caught up with her — she and the family are staying with her parents, Rafer and Betsy Johnson, in Sherman Oaks — and have more on the adaptation process from beach to steel city in Thursday’s newspaper editions and online.
By the way:
As part of the AVP preliminary events on Sunday, before the men’s final, a USC vs. UCLA alumni match is taking place at 11:30 a.m. on centre court.
Six former USC women’s volleyball players are on the current AVP Crocs Tour, including Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. Other former Trojans include Keao Burdine, Tracy Lindquist and Katie Olsovsky. AVP Legends who’ll be there include Tim Hovland and Steve Obradovich.
UCLA alumni on the AVP Crocs Tour include Johnson Jordan, Davis, Kevin Wong and Jeff Nygaard. Beach volleyball legend Sinjin Smith also attended UCLA and will be on hand at the event.