Name: April Ross
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-1
Birthplace: Calif.
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Newport Harbor High School (Calif.)
College: University of Southern California ('05 international relations)
Team/Club: Orange County Volleyball Club
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Bronze medal with Kerri Walsh Jennings)
  • 2012 Olympic Games (Silver medal with Jennifer Kessy)
World Championship Experience
  • 2019 World Championships (silver medal with Alix Klinemen)
  • 2017 World Championships (silver medal with Lauren Fendrick)
  • 2015 World Championships (9T with Kerri Walsh Jennings)
  • 2013 World Championships (4th with Whitney Pavlik)
  • 2011 World Championships (5T with Jennifer Kessy)
  • 2009 World Championships (Gold medal with Jennifer Kessy)
  • 2007 World Championships (37T with Jennifer Kessy)
Other Career Highlights
  • Earned silver at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships with Lauren Fendrick, her second World Champs podium finish
  • Ross and Jennifer Kessy won the 2009 FIVB Beach World Championships in Stavanger, Norway and Ross has won two silver medals at the world championships with Lauren Fendrick (2017) and Alix Klineman (2019)
  • Seven-time USAV Female Beach Player of the Year
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  • Has played in two 2019 FIVB World Tour events with Alix Klineman, winning gold in Yangzhou, China and 4th in The Hague
  • Competed in eight 2018 FIVB World Tour events with Alix Klineman. Won gold at four-star in The Hague and tied for 5th at five-stars in Gstaad and Vienna and four-stars in Moscow and Xiamen, China
  • Played in eight AVP Tour events, winning Austin, Manhattan Beach, Chicago and Waikiki. Placed 2nd in Seattle and Hermosa Beach
  • Won FIVB World Tour four-star events at The Hague and Yangzhou, China in 2018 with Alix Klineman
  • Won the 2018 NORCECA Circuit final in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic with Klineman
  • In FIVB postseason awards, Ross has nine accolades; most recently was named Best Server in 2017, for the fifth time
  • In 2017, earned silver at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships with Lauren Fendrick; on the domestic AVP Tour, won two events and finished third three times
  • In 2016 on the FIVB World Tour, Ross and Walsh Jennings medaled nine times, of which five were gold. Finished the 2016 season tying for fifth at the World Tour Finals, losing to the Olympic gold medalists from Germany Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst
  • Is one of only four U.S. beach volleyball Olympians to have more than one Olympic medal (Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor, Karch Kiraly)
  • Won bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beating Brazil's Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes, 17-21, 21-17, 15-9
  • With Walsh Jennings, pair had six medals in 2016 Olympic qualification (2015-16) and earned a #3 seed at the Games
  • In 2016 on the AVP Tour, finished first-place three times with Walsh Jennings
  • Walsh Jennings and April Ross posted their 100th team victory at the 2016 Rio Grand Slam against Germany's Buthe/Borger in the semifinals
  • Finished fifth with Lauren Fendrick at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals in 2015
  • Finished ninth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Kerri Walsh Jennings. Pair was eliminated in the round of 16 by China
  • On the 2015 AVP Tour, won four events with three different partners. Won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Jennifer Fopma and AVP Championship with Lauren Fendrick
  • Ross and partner Kerri Walsh Jennings went undefeated on the domestic AVP Tour in 2014. They went 7-0 in tournaments, 36-0 in matches and 70-3 in sets
  • Ross and Walsh Jennings started playing together at the end of 2013 and won two FIVB gold
  • From 2007-13 with Kessy, won 10 gold medals on the FIVB World Tour; duo won silver at the 2012 Olympic Games and played their last match together on the World Tour in June of 2013
  • Was the first U.S. woman to win the FIVB Rookie of the Year award in 2007
  • Ross and Kessy started playing full time together in 2007 when neither of their regular partners could play in the first tournament of the season
  • In 2008, Ross and Kessy just missed qualifying for the Olympic Games. They were seventh in the FIVB rankings, but the third-place U.S. team
  • In seven and a half seasons as partners, Ross and Kessy won 10 FIVB gold medals, 11 silvers and nine bronze
  • Trained indoors with the U.S. Women's National Team in 2002 and '03
  • An All-American at USC on the indoor side, Ross helped the Trojans to consecutive National Championships, 2002 and '03
  • Was a member of the indoor U.S. Junior National Team in 2000 and '01
  • Ross was the 1999 Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year
Personal: Father's name is Glen. Ross's mother, Margie, died in 2001; Stepmother's name is Lynda... Has one sister, Amy, three stepbrothers - Tommy, Jimmy and Weston - and one stepsister – Mindy... Attended Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif., where she competed in indoor volleyball, basketball and track... Graduated from USC in 2005 with a degree in international relations... Enjoys music and traveling
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