April Ross/Alix Klineman Named Best of October

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Nov. 07, 2018, 5:01 p.m. (ET)
April Ross and Alix Klineman
April Ross, left, and Alix Klineman 
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2018) – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Alix Klineman and April Ross has earned Best of October honors in the Team USA Awards presented by Dow.

Klineman and Ross came together at the beginning of 2018 and are already the top-ranked U.S. women’s beach team and No. 7 in the world.

"The second half of our season, things started to click and we got in a really great rhythm," Ross said. "That carried through to our end-of-season wins in October to start Olympic qualification off on the right foot.

"But we aren’t satisfied. We have a lot left to improve on and a lot of hard work left to achieve our ultimate goals. And we are so grateful for all those supporting us on this journey!"

On Oct. 7, Klineman and Ross won the gold at the NORCECA Beach Tour Final in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. In the final, they beat the top-seeded Canadian team of Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, 21-16, 21-18.

On Oct. 14, Klineman and Ross took the gold medal at the FIVB World Tour four-star event in Yangzhou, China. In the final, they beat Brazil’s Ana Patricia and Rebecca, 21-19, 21-16.

Overall, Klineman and Ross medaled in two FIVB events in 2018 and in seven AVP events, including four gold medals.

In the other categories, archer Trenton Cowles won the men’s Best of October honors and wrestler Adeline Gray won the women’s.