Name: April Ross
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-1
DOB: 6/20/1982
Birthplace: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Newport Harbor High School (Newport Beach, Calif.)
College: University of Southern California '05, International Marketing
Other Career Highlights
  • MOST NOTABLE
  • 2016 Olympic Games, bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings; 2012 Olympic Games, silver with Jennifer Kessy
  • On the 2014 FIVB Tour, Ross and Kerri 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. They finished the season ranked third by the FIVB
  • Ross and Jennifer Kessy won the 2009 FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway
  • Led USC to the 2003 NCAA National Championship
  • DID YOU KNOW
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  • 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
  • Won bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beating Brazil's Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes, 17-21, 21-17, 15-9
  • In the first FIVB tournament following the 2016 Olympics, won gold with Walsh Jennings at the Long Beach Grand Slam, their fifth gold of 2016 and 11th as a team
  • Finished third in 2016 Olympic qualification, with Walsh Jennings; duo had the #3 seed in the Olympics
  • With Walsh Jennings, pair had six medals in 2016 Olympic qualification (2015-16) and earned a #3 seed at the Games: 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), Gstaad Major (2nd, 2016)
  • In 2016 on the AVP Tour, won gold 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 the FIVB Grand Slams in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Xiamen, China
  • 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. They finished second at that tournament (AVP in Miami) and kept playing together.
  • 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. In 2013, Ross and Kessy took silver medals at the World Cup Final and the Rome Grand Slam and also won the World Series Cup in Long Beach.
Personal: Ross is married to fellow beach volleyball player Brad Keenan (2010)...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...Graduated from USC in 2005 with a degree in international marketing...Ross attended Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif., where she competed in indoor volleyball (four years), basketball (three years) and track and field (four years). She was the 1999 Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year
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THE BIG BLURB

"I've never played with anyone with as much energy as April has. It's like looking in a mirror out there. I think we're really similar in the way we play and the way we feel about playing. I don't think I would have guessed that really. I'm still getting to know her." – Kerri Walsh Jennings in ESPNW

THE QUOTE

“My mindset is the same as it’s always been; get better and win tournaments. Every tournament I go to, I want to win. It’s always the same. But every year I’ve gotten more and more focused. I think that will continue.” – April Ross

RELATED LINKS
Team USA - U.S. Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Team includes pair of Olympic medalists, team of newcomers
FIVB - New Team = Undefeated Champions
USAV - Ross and Fendrick win AVP Championships in first tournament together
Los Angeles Daily News - April Ross teams with third partner for record AVP beach volleyball win
FIVB VIDEO - Kerri Walsh & April Ross just amazed in this play!
FIVB VIDEO - April Ross dance moves: Can you do the same?
April Ross Wallpaper
April Ross Photo Gallery
ESPNW - Volleyball Stars Trying to Align
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 3
Team USA VIDEO - Behind the Scenes Episode 2
ESPNW VIDEO - Meet Jen Kessy and April Ross

HONORS
FIVB Best Hitter (2011, 2009)
FIVB Best Offensive Player (2009)
FIVB Best Server (2016, 2015, 2012, 2011)
FIVB Top Rookie (2007)

USAV Female Beach Athlete of the Year 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009
USAV Beach Team of the Year 2012, 2009 (with Jennifer Kessy)

Updated Nov. 2016