Hometown: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Birth Year: 1977
Resides: San Clemente, Calif.
Current coach: Jeff Conover
Olympic History: 2012 Women’s Beach Volleyball (Silver Medal)
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INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Finished season in fourth place on the FIVB World Tour. Team earnings for Kessy and Ross were $138,200... Finished season with first international victory of the year at the Bansaen Thailand Open. Kessy and Ross won $15,000 for the victory... One week after winning the Olympic silver medal, Kessy and April Ross finished fifth at the Mazury Orlen Grand Slam in Stare Jablonki, Poland… Kessy and Ross won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in London, losing to U.S. compatriots Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the gold medal match, 21-16, 21-16 (8/8). Kessy and Ross advanced to the gold medal match by upsetting top-seeded Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva in the semifinals, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12. Kessy and Ross went 3-0 in pool play and won both their first- and second-round, single-elimination matches in straight sets. As a team, Kessy and Ross finished second among all women’s beach teams at the Olympics in aces with 23 on 315 attempts in seven matches (17 sets). They finished second in attacks with 209 kills on 359 attempts for a success percentage of .58. Kessy was fifth among all players in scoring with 124 points on 103 kills, 12 blocks and nine aces. Kessy was 10th in blocks with 12 in 17 sets… Kessy and Ross won their medal of the season prior to the Olympic Games at the Rome Grand Slam, finishing third… They secured their slot in the Olympic Games with a fifth-place finish at the Beijing Grand Slam, earning enough points to beat Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Niles....They placed fifth in four other tournaments (Shanghai, Moscow, Gstaad and Berlin. 2011 – In the FIVB season opener in Brasilia, Kessy and Ross overcame a first-round loss to win a bronze medal, while in Shanghai the duo rebounded from a second-round loss to win a silver medal... They claimed two more bronze medals at Myslowice and Beijing before taking fifth at the World Championship...the duo earned their only first-place finish of the year at Stravanger, but added two more silver medals at the Mazuri Open and the Phuket Thailand Open before the season ended. 2010 – Kessy and Ross competed in 15 FIVB World Tour events in 2010, winning two (Shanghai, China and the Grand Slam in Rome, Italy) and capturing one second place (the Grand Slam in Moscow, Russia) and two thirds (Seoul, Korea and Sanya, China)... Jennifer was named the Most Outstanding Player of the event in Shanghai... The team had two fourth-place finishes and three fifths. They won a total of $106,675. 2009 – Kessy and Ross won the FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway (6/25-7/4). The pair went 8-0 and lost only two sets, defeating Brazil's Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca in the final. Jen led all players in hitting with a 0.593 hitting percentage... They also won the FIVB World Tour events in Marseille, France (7/20-26) and Phuket, Thailand (11/3-8). Kessy was named the MVP of both events. The team also gathered four second-place finishes and two thirds in 10 events to rank third and win $139,100. 2008 – Kessy and Ross competed in 12 international events, winning $87,300. The team finished the 2008 FIVB Beach World Tour in impressive fashion, winning the season's final two events. In the final three events of the year, Jen and April totaled two wins (Thailand and China) and a runner-up showing (Dubai)... In Dubai (Oct. 5-10), the pair reached the finals before falling to fellow Americans Kerri Walsh and Nicole Branagh... The pair went a perfect 6-0 in Thailand (Nov. 4-9) to capture the gold medal, this time defeating Branagh and partner Tyra Turner in the final... The squad shook off a third-round loss in China (Nov. 11-16) to come all the way back and reach the finals. Kessy and Ross swept China's Ying Huang and Zhang Xi for their second straight gold. 2007 – Kessy and Ross competed in eight FIVB international tournaments. They won the event in Stavanger, Norway, becoming the lowest seeded team (29th) ever to win an FIVB event. They fought through three rounds of qualifying and lost their first two pool play matches. They also finished second once and totaled $53,050. 2006 – Kessy played in eight FIVB events with Nancy Mason and Rachel Wacholder, but did not reach the podium. She won $15,100 with her partners. 2005 – Played in eight FIVB events with Holly McPeak and Nancy Mason. Her best finish was a fourth with Mason in Acapulco, Mexico. Their winnings totaled $30,875. 2004 – Played in two FIVB tournaments with Barb Fontana but they did not make it through qualifying. 2002 – Played in one FIVB event with Cary Wendell, but they did not make it through qualifying. 2001 – Won an FIVB Challenger tournament with Heather Lowe. She competed in an FIVB World Tour event with Angie Simpson, but did not make it through qualifying. 2000 – Jennifer and Angie Simpson competed in one FIVB Challenger tournament and two World Tour events, but did not medal.
DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Following the Olympic Games, Kessy and Ross won the AVP events in Cincinnati and Santa Barbara, Calif., winning $33,750... Kessy and Ross also won the NVL events in Baltimore and Las Vegas. 2011 – Kessy and Ross won the Hermosa Beach Open (9/23-25)and placed third at the Miami Open (9/16-28) on the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Tour… They placed third at the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball in Cincinnati (9/1-4)… They won the National Volleyball League event in Miami (9/10-11) 2010 – Kessy and Ross opened the season with a third-place finish in Fort Lauderdale and a fifth in Santa Barbara before winning its next four AVP Tour stops before the AVP ceased operations on Aug. 13. They won $47,750… The pair finished the season with a victory at the Cincinnati Pro Beach Volleyball Players Championship on Sept. 3-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, defeating Rachel Scott and Elaine Youngs in the final and winning $5,000. 2009 – Kessy and Ross won their first AVP title in Houston (5/15-17) and went on to win four more. They also had five second-place finishes and two thirds, winning a total of $141,050. They finished third in the race for the Crocs Cup... Kessy also won the Queen of the Beach title in Las Vegas (9/17-19), playing in the final with Tyra Turner... Kessy played in five AVP Hot Winter Nights events, winning one and taking second three times. 2008 – Kessy and Ross played in 13 AVP summer events and took five second-place finishes and six thirds. They won a total of $125,250. Jen won the Queen of the Beach tournament in Glendale, Ariz. (9/25-27), playing with Kerri Walsh in the final. Kessy played in seven AVP Hot Winter Nights events, winning one, with one second and two thirds. 2007 – Playing for the first time as a team, Kessy and Ross opened the season with a second-place finish in Miami. They played in 16 summer AVP events, taking second two times and third four times. In Hermosa Beach, they defeated Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the winners' bracket. They won a total of $73,525. 2006 – Opened the AVP season playing with Nancy Mason and the team finished second in its first two events. They also had three thirds. Jen teamed with Rachel Wacholder for the final five AVP tournaments and finished with two seconds and three thirds. Jennifer and her partners won a total of $76,850. 2005 – Kessy and partner Holly McPeak played in 13 AVP matches and finished second two times and third nine times. They won a total of $80,650 and ended the season ranked third. Kessy was Rachel Wacholder's selection as partner for the final of the Goddess of the Beach tournament. Kessy ended the year ranked second on the Tour in blocks per game (1.03). 2004 – Kessy and partner Barbra Fontana played in 11 AVP matches and had one second place, Jen's best finish on the tour thus far, and three thirds. It was the first season that Jennifer reached the AVP podium and she finished the season with her best ranking ever at ninth. The team won a total of $32,912.50. 2003 – Kessy and partner Jenny Pavley competed in seven AVP events with their best finish at seventh (twice). They won a total of $6,900. 2002 – Kessy and partner Heather Lowe competed in six AVP events and had two ninth-place finishes. They won a total of $3,680. 2001 - Jennifer made her AVP debut in 2000 and played in four events, finishing ninth three times.
INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS: Played for USC 1995-98 and was named All-District in 1997, All-American in 1998 and earned All-PAC 10 selection 1995-1998... Was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team... Played professionally for the Chicago Thunder in 2002 and in Puerto Rico in 2003.
PERSONAL: Born Jennifer Anne Kessy in 1977 in San Clemente, Calif. ... Parents are Ronald and Charlotte Kessy... Jennifer's younger brothers are Ryan and Travis Kessy... Married French beach volleyball player Andy Cés in March of 2013... Went to Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif., where she competed in both swimming and volleyball... Graduated from USC in 2000 with a degree in history... Enjoys golfing, water skiing, surfing, bocce ball, cooking, home improvement and riding her beach cruzer... Her role models are her parents.
PARTNERS: 2012 – April Ross 2011 – April Ross 2010 – April Ross. 2009 – April Ross. 2008 – April Ross. 2007 – April Ross. 2006 – Nancy Mason/Rachel Wacholder. 2005 – Holly McPeak. 2004 – Barbra Fontana. 2003 – Jenny Pavley. 2002 – Heather Lowe. 2001 – Jennifer Simpson/Angie Maredith/Heather Lowe
HONORS: 2012 – USA Volleyball Beach Team of the Year (with April Ross). 2009 – USA Volleyball Beach Team of the Year (with April Ross). 2004 – Named AVP Most Improved Player.
Last updated April 2013