Character, confidence and conviction. These are just some of the core attributes that define Annett. Since graduating from UCLA in 1996, Davis, along with her volleyball partner Jenny Johnson Jordan, has been stirring up a quiet storm on coastal beaches all over the world.
In 1999, Davis and Jordan were the winningest U.S. men’s or women’s team on the pro beach tour. In 2000, they made history by becoming the first African American team to compete in beach volleyball at an Olympic Games. In 2004, Davis again made the U.S. Olympic team as an alternate.
After the Olympics, Annett and Jenny each took almost two years off to start a family. The duo made their comeback debut in the 2002 season and went from no ranking to being ranked second in the U.S. on the AVP Tour.
Annett and Jenny are highly noted for ending Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor’s record 89-match winning streak. They have been the most prolific African American beach volleyball team in history.
Davis competed in indoor volleyball at UCLA where she started for four seasons. She earned All-League and All-American honors. Davis was the PAC-10’s 1991 Freshman of the Year and 1994 Player of the Year. Her father, Cleveland Buckner, played for the NBA’s New York Knicks, and was in the 1962 game that Wilt Chamberlain famously scored 100 points.
Annett started a movement called Fit Moms Fit Kids to encourage healthy families. Currently, Davis lives in Valencia, Calif., with husband Byron — a former USA National Team Swimmer — and son Mya and daughter Victoria.