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Summer Ross


Summer Ross

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
Birth Year: 1992
Height: 6-2
Resides: Carlsbad, Calif.
College: Pepperdine/ Washington


  • In 2012, won the gold medal at the World University Championships, her first match with partner Emily Day. "We're both getting better as a team, so it's cool to grow together,” Day told Tampa Bay Times. “I think we have to step up and become the leaders for the next wave of great beach players.”
  • Named the USA Volleyball Female Beach Volleyball Player of the Year in 2010, the first time the award was ever given to a junior player
  • Partnered with Jane Croson, became the first U.S team to win the gold medal at the FIVB Youth (Under-19) World Championships in 2010.
  • First U.S. team to win the gold medal at the FIVB Junior (Under 21) World Championships with partner Tara Roenicke at the age of 17

    • Competed in the 2014 FIVB Grand Slam World Tour and finished with a best of fifth-place at the Stavanger Grand Slam with partner Emily Day
    • Took the silver medal with partner Brittany Hochevar at the 2013 NORCECA Beach Circuit event in the Dominican Republic (March 29-31)
    • Transferred from Washington to Pepperdine in January 2012 and won the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship with partner Caitlin Racich
    • Spent 2011 fall semester of her freshman year playing indoor volleyball for the University of Washington where she averaged 1.56 kills and 2.23 digs as a starting outside hitter
    • Became the first athlete, male or female, to win both the FIVB Youth World Championships and the FIVB Junior World Championships in the same year in 2010
    • Nominated for the United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the year in 2010
    • Partner with Tara Roenicke and qualified for the main draw of two AVP Tour pro beach events in 2010, becoming the youngest duo ever to make the main draw
    • Competed in the 2010 main draw against Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor
    • Featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” after her Junior World Championships victory
    • Placed ninth with partner Jane Croson at the 2008 FIVB World Junior Championships in England, the youngest pair to ever compete
    • Played club for Encinitas WAVE from 2005-07, then played for Laguna Beach in 2008, followed by two years playing for Coast VBC in 2009-10
    • Listed among Volleyball Magazine’s “Fab 50” high school players
    • Graduated from Carlsbad Seaside Academy a semester early and was the 2011 valedictorian
    • Left Pepperdine and chose to pursue professional beach volleyball exclusively in 2012

    “I love having goals but I also like to keep it one day at a time and getting better each day,” Ross said in an Echo Entertainment interview. “Going to the Olympics is a big dream but I definitely want to keep improving and hopefully one day get there.”

    “I definitely think she’s the future of our sport, I definitely see that,” Misty May-Treanor said of Ross. “And I think she’s doing all the right things to get there. She went for indoor, found her heart was beach, went professional in beach, and I know she’s very dedicated to the beach game. And trying her hand at 2016, which is not out of her sights at all. She can definitely make that a reality, in my eyes.”

    Twitter: @summernoelross
    Instagram: @summernoelross

    Related Links:
    Q&A: AVP… Get to Know Summer Ross
    Video: AVP… Summer Ross on the Rise

    Video: Alt Volleyball… Summer Ross Profile

    Updated November 2014

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