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April Ross        

Pro Beach Volleyball Player and Three-Time Olympic Medalist

Since her debut on the pro beach volleyball scene in 2006, April Ross has cemented her role as a champion and one of the most universally loved players on tour. Lauded for her powerful serve, energy and competitive drive, April’s easygoing personality off the sand makes her one of today’s most authentic, engaging and accessible athletes.

California born and raised, April began her volleyball career indoors where she was a three-sport athlete at Newport Harbor High where she was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. April then led USC to back-to-back NCAA Championships and was named a Honda Award Winner and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003. After time spent playing professionally indoors overseas, April swapped her sneakers for sand and was the AVP Rookie of the Year in 2006 and FIVB Rookie of the Year in 2007.

After nabbing several FIVB championships, including the 2009 FIVB World Championship, April and her then partner, Jennifer Kessy won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. April partnered with Kerri Walsh-Jennings for the 2016 Rio Olympics, sweeping every AVP tour stop en route to an inspiring Olympic Bronze.

On August 6, 2021, Alix Klineman and Ross captured the gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics, after winning in straight sets versus Australia. In the entire tournament, they went undefeated in match play, and only lost one set throughout 7 matches. The win allowed Ross to complete the trifecta of winning an Olympic bronze, silver, and gold medal.

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April Ross, Jennifer Kessy split matches at FIVB Grand Slam - Los ...

No. 1-seeded April Ross and Jennifer Kessy won their first match against Poland, but fell to Switzerland later Tuesday, splitting their first two pool-play volleyball ...

Olympic volleyballers make new friends and go for gold | ross, walsh ...

April Ross went through a whirlwind of emotions on the sand of a London beach volleyball court in August 2012. First, there was disappointment at the height of ...

Americans Ross-Kessy, Gibb-Patterson win inaugural volleyball event

April Ross and Jennifer Kessy got their redemption Sunday. After the top-ranked pairing lost in the Round of 32 at the FIVB Grand Slam of beach volleyball ...

Beach volleyball's April Ross has mom in mind in Olympic gold quest

May 9, 2021 ... April Ross draws inspiration from her mother and she seeks an Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with beach volleyball partner Alix Klineman.

April Ross and Alix Klineman: Facts about USA beach volleyball pair

Jul 8, 2021 ... April Ross picked Alix Klineman to be her new partner, and they've dominated. Now Klineman makes her long-awaited Olympic debut.

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