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Jennifer Kessy

Volleyball

  • 2012

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Birth Year: 1977
Resides: San Clemente, Calif.
Height: 6-0
College: USC
Current coach: Jeff Conover
Olympic History: 2012 Women’s Beach Volleyball (Silver Medal)
View Jennifer Kessy’s match results at BVBInfo.com

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MOST NOTABLE

  • 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist with partner April Ross
  • 2013 AVP Women's Team of the Year with partner April Ross
  • In 2010, became the eighth women (sixth American) to surpass the $1 million in career earnings
  • Returned to competition in February 2015 at Melhores do Mundo in Rio de Janeiro with new partner Emily Day after an absence from the 2014 season
  • DID YOU KNOW

  • Opened the AVP Tour with a second place finish at the New Orleans Open and the FIVB World Tour with a fifth place showing at the Moscow Grand Slam. Tied for 17th at the Porec Major and ninth in St. Petersburg
  • In a new partnership with Emily Day, was one of four women's teams to play in Melhores do Mundo, USA vs Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in late February 2015.
  • Twice named the USA Volleyball Beach Team of the Year with partner April Ross (2012, 2009)
  • One week after winning the 2012 Olympic silver medal, Kessy and April Ross finished fifth at the Mazury Orlen Grand Slam in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
  • In 2012 following the Games, won two AVP events (Cincinnati and Santa Barbara) as well as NVL stops in Baltimore and Las Vegas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Opened the 2011 FIVB season in Brasilia with partner April Ross with a bronze medal.
  • In 2011, won the Hermosa Beach Open and the NVL's event in Miami. Placed third at U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball and the Jose Cuervo Tour's Miami Open.
  • Won two FIVB World Tour events in 2010 with Ross (Shanghai and Rome), Jennifer was named the Most Outstanding Player in Shanghai.
  • Won four consecutive AVP Tour stops with Ross in 2010.
  • With partner April Ross, the duo won the 2009 FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway, going 8-0 and dropping only two sets. Kessy led all players with a 0.593 hitting percentage.
  • Domestically in 2009 with Ross, the duo dominated the AVP Tour, winning five events, finishing second five times and third twice. Jennifer also played in five AVP Hot Winter Nights events, winning one and taking second three times.
  • Won Marseille and Phuket 2009 FIVB World Tour events and was named MVP of both stops.
  • Finished eighth in the 2008 FIVB World Tour after winning the final two events (Thailand and China). Even better, with Ross the duo finished on the podium 11 times out of 13 AVP events.
  • With April Ross, became the lowest seeded team (29th) to ever win an FIVB event when they won in Stavanger, Norway in 2007.
  • In her first match with partner April Ross, the team finished second in Miami. In Hermosa Beach, they defeated Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the winner's bracket.
  • Between 2005 and 06, finished second on the AVP tour six times and in third 15 times with partners Mason, Wacholder and McPeak.
  • Top finish in 2005 was with Nancy Mason, finishing fourt in Acapulco, Mexico.
  • Won an FIVB Challenger tournament with Heather Lowe in 2001.
  • Made her AVP Tour debut in 2000.
  • Played professionally (indoor) for the Chicago Thunder in 2002 and in Puerto Rico in 2003
  • Married to French beach volleyball player Andy Cés since March of 2013.
  • Graduated from USC in 2000 with a degree in history. Was a member of the Trojan volleyball team, being named All-District in 1997, All-American in 1998.
  • Member of the U.S. Junior National Team
  • PARTNERS
    2015 -
    Emily Day  
    2007-13
     April Ross/one event with Brooke Sweat and Whitney Pavlik 
    2006 – Nancy Mason/Rachel Wacholder
    2005 – Mason/Holly McPeak
    2004 – Barbra Fontana
    2003 – Jenny Pavley
    2002 – Heather Lowe/Cary Wendell
    2001 – Jennifer Simpson/Angie Maredith/Heather Lowe/Angela Kammer

    THE BIG BLURB
    "She knows what it takes to get there [to the Olympics]," Emily Day said, "and I'm looking forward to learning from her and using what I know already, combining with her knowledge to take it to the next level."

    THE QUOTE
    "I realized I still have some of that fire left. I saw an opening for that second spot and I really want it."

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