April Ross Elected to USAV Board

By Bill Kauffman | July 17, 2014, 4:59 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2014) – April Ross, a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist in beach volleyball, has been elected to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors as its female beach volleyball player representative. Her term runs through June 30, 2017.

“Since the sport has afforded me many opportunities, I feel very compelled to give back to the volleyball community and USAV,” Ross said. “I want to help shape the sport going into the future, looking out for the interests of the players, and being an integral part of developing the emergence of the beach volleyball pipeline.”

“April Ross is a valuable addition and brings yet another experienced athlete perspective to the USAV Board of Directors,” said Lori Okimura, chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. “She provides a strong and fair voice to represent the beach athletes, and like her predecessors, April’s desire for open communication and collaboration will contribute well to the era of transparency being sought by the current Board.”

Ross was a decorated indoor volleyball player who has developed into one of the best beach volleyball players of this generation. Following a four-year career at University of Southern California that included three AVCA All-American honors and two NCAA titles, she played professional indoor volleyball in Puerto Rico before switching to beach volleyball.

In her first season on the sand, Ross earned the FIVB Rookie of the Year in 2007 and has gone on to win 15 FIVB Tour titles. She was the first U.S. woman to start her career with three FIVB victories before winning domestically. From October 2008 through the 2010 Moscow Grand Slam, she and partner Jen Kessy played for a medal in 17 of their 20 FIVB events winning seven golds, six silvers and three bronzes. Among her other FIVB honors are:

  • FIVB Best Hitter 2009, 2011
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player 2009
  • FIVB Best Server 2011, 2012

Ross, with over $1.2 million in career earnings, earned the most valuable player of the AVP in 2013 and teamed with Kessy to earn AVP Team of the Year. She now has partnered with Kerri Walsh Jennings, who was the USAV Board of Directors female beach volleyball representative the past three years, to win five FIVB titles since forming a team in late 2013.

“I am very passionate about sand volleyball, I love playing it, I love watching it and I only want the best for the sport and its players,” Ross said. “I believe what is happening right now with the growth into college and juniors is crucial to the future and it needs to be fostered in the right way, and I want to be a part of that. To achieve success, it is my belief that open discussions, open minds, and a willingness to work together across the two disciplines of the sport is required.”

Ross graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in international marketing.