Kerri Walsh Jennings

Volleyball

Name: Kerri Walsh Jennings
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-3
DOB: 8/15/1978
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Calif.
Hometown: Saratoga, Calif.
High School: Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.)
College: Stanford University '01, American Studies
Other Career Highlights
  • MOST NOTABLE
  • 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic Games, gold
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and only lost one set (to Austria in 2012) during their 11-year run together
  • Walsh Jennings was also on the 2000 U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team that competed at the Olympic Games in Sydney
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won three straight FIVB world championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009
  • Indoors, Walsh Jennings was the second volleyball player in NCAA history to be a four-time First-Team All-American when she was at Stanford (1996-99)
  • DID YOU KNOW
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  • Finished third in 2016 Olympic qualification, with Ross; duo will have the #3 seed in the Olympics
  • Won the AVP New York City Open, her 11th AVP title with Ross and second of 2016, their first was at Huntington Beach
  • Finished fourth at the Hamburg Major, the final event of 2016 Olympic qualification
  • In the Olympic qualification period, Ross and Walsh Jennings had four gold, two silver and two bronze
  • Took a break from the FIVB World Tour and Olympic qualification to play at the AVP Huntington Beach Open, which she won with Ross for their 10th AVP victory as a team
  • With Ross, pair has six medals in 2016 Olympic qualification: Fuzhou Open (3rd, 2015), Long Beach Grand Slam (2nd), Rio Grand Slam (1st), Vitoria Open (2nd), Xiamen Open (3rd), Fuzhou Open (1st, 2016), Cincinnati Open (1st, 2016), Moscow Grand Slam (1st, 2016)
  • The silver at the Vitoria Open (March 20) advanced them to the top-ranked American women's team in the rankings
  • In her first event back following surgery, won gold at the Rio Grand Slam on March 13, 2016. It was her 51st career FIVB gold and first gold in 2016 olympic qualification
  • Walsh Jennings and April Ross posted their 100th team victory at the Rio Grand Slam against Germany's Buthe/Borger in the semifinals
  • Following the 2015 Rio Open, underwent surgery on her right shoulder for a torn labrum and capsule, her fifth surgery
  • Finished ninth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with April Ross. Pair was eliminated in the round of 16 by China
  • Opened the 2015 season finishing third with Ross at the FIVB World Tour Fuzhou Open. At that point, team led all women with most podium placements on the World Tour, with seven.
  • Earned silver at the Long Beach Grand Slam with Ross, their second podium finish of the 2015 World Tour
  • Won the AVP New Orleans Open to start the 2015 Tour. Withdrew days later at the FIVB World Tour Moscow Grand Slam when she sustained an injury, team still tied for 17th
  • Made her return after a 32-day hiatus, with April Ross at the Beach World Championships in The Netherlands. Even after time off due to injury, the team was seeded third overall. Finished fourth at the Gstaad Major after re-injuring her shoulder in the third round, duo withdrew from the semifinal and bronze medal matches
  • Finished ninth at the Rio Open, her final event of the 2015 season
  • On the 2014 FIVB Tour, Ross and Walsh Jennings won gold medals at the Fuzhou Open in China, the Moscow Grand Slam, the Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway and the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif. The finished the season ranked third by the FIVB.
  • Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross went undefeated on the domestic AVP Tour in 2014. They went 7-0 in tournaments, 36-0 in matches and 70-3 in sets.
  • Started playing full time with April Ross at the end of 2013 and the team won two FIVB gold medals.
  • Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat April Ross and Jennifer Kessy for the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. After the match, Walsh Jennings asked Ross to become her partner.
  • When Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the FIVB Xiamen Grand Slam on Oct. 27, 2013, Walsh Jennings set the all-time record for tournament victories by a women’s beach player with 113. Prior to Xiamen, she had been tied with May-Treanor at 112.
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won AVP Team of the Year five consecutive years (2003-07).
  • While at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., Walsh Jennings asked May-Treanor for her autograph.
Personal: Walsh Jennings is the daughter of Tim and Margie Walsh. Tim played minor league baseball with the Oakland A’s organization and also played semi-pro basketball. Margie was a volleyball MVP at Santa Clara. Walsh Jennings has an older brother, Marte, two younger sisters, Kelli and KC...She is married to U.S. men’s beach volleyball player Casey Jennings. The pair has three children, sons Joseph (2009) and Sundance (2010) and daughter Scout (2013)...Walsh Jennings competed while pregnant with Joseph following the 2008 Olympic Games. She was pregnant with Scout during the 2012 Olympic Games...Graduated from Stanford in 2001 with a degree in American studies. Member of Stanford's Athletics Hall of Fame
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THE BIG BLURB
“Misty and Kerri are the biggest names in volleyball, and rightly so with the success they’ve had over three straight Olympics. There are, and should be, lots of young girls, and boys for that matter, who should want to be playing the kind of elite, high performance volleyball that they exude on the court, and have for year after year after year. They’re really good role models.” – Karch Kiraly

THE QUOTE
“The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don't think I'll ever perfect, but I love the challenge of it.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

RELATED LINKS

Team USA - U.S. Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Team includes pair of Olympic medalists, team of newcomers
Sports Illustrated - On the Road: Kerri Walsh Jennings finding new workouts - and nutrition
FIVB - Walsh keeping Olympmic dream alive in Olsztyn
The Augusta Chronicle - Kerri Walsh Jennings adjusts to injury as Rio qualifying looms
ESPNW - 7 ways Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to be back in top form -- fast
ESPNW - Pro tips for protecting your skin while working out in the sun
FIVB VIDEO - Kerri Walsh & April Ross just amazed in this play!
FIVB VIDEO - Kerri Walsh with the amazing chase and win!
FIVB - Player Profile: Kerri Walsh Jennings
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 3
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 2
May, Walsh Reflect on Olympic Journey
The Golden Girls
Walsh, May-Treanor Three-Peat
2012 Women’s Beach Volleyball Medal Ceremony

Updated June, 2016

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