Famous Volleyball Players April Ross Winning A Gold Medal In Tokyo?

Two time Olympian April Ross and her partner Alix Klineman are looking to win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Famous volleyball players: April Ross

April Ross is a two time Olympian and professional beach volleyball player based in California.

In this Volleyball Nation video April Ross shares her story. 

This past year April Ross partnered with Alex Klineman with the goal of the duo preparing to qualify as one of the two  beach teams to represent the USA in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Famous Volleyball Players April Ross
Early High School Success 

April grew up in Newport Beach where she graduated from Newport Harbor High School. 

April Ross wasn't always a beach volleyball player.

Growing up, she played and participated in many other sports, before picking up a volleyball and playing indoor for a significant amount of time. 

It was during her high school years that April began her journey towards becoming a collegiate superstar and a professional athlete.

With two NCAA National Championships under her belt at USC, April graduated from indoor to the beach, where she met her current partner, Jen Kessy and began her quest for Olympic Gold. Watch April's story, on YOUTUBE.COM/TEAMUSA.

Her career began to skyrocket when she became a national top recruit in her graduating senior class which was capped when April won the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

April helped the USC Trojans reach the Division I NCAA Championship finals twice.

Watch the 2002 NCAA finals between Stanford and USC. 

While in her senior year, April accumulated an impressive 624 kills and 526 digs.

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a USC Trojan

April graduated from the University of Southern California, holding game statistics that ranked her amongst the top of all time.

She was a record-holder, coming out on top with points, aces, attacks, kills, and digs.

At trojancandy.com: Watch the 2018 USC Hall of Fame volleyball player deliver her acceptance speech. Then read the entire story and see more pictures and videos at www.trojancandy.com.

Famous Volleyball Players Pro Beach Player           April Ross Partners With Jennifer Kessy in the 2012 Olympics

April has a variety of accolades under her belt.

From 2008 to 2012 April joined forces with Jen Kessy creating a partnership that would last until the 2012 London Olympics. 

Team USA produced a volleyball video series of interviews and highlights following Jen Kessy and April Ross for the entire Olympic qualification journey. 

Training to compete as an Olympic beach volleyball player takes hours, weeks, months and years of training on and off the beach. Jen and April have committed endless time to their road to London. Watch Jen and April sweat their way to the Olympic Games, on YOUTUBE.COM/TEAMUSA.

In 2008, April and her teammate Jennifer finished third in the Swatch FIVB World Tour which marked the beginning of a winning tradition placing in the top three positions on a regular basis on the World Tour.

April Ross and Jen Kessy talk to Rockstar about their favorite beach volleyball stops, their goals for this season and more!

They came in first at the Phuket Thailand Open and second at the Dubai Open.

Most notably, in 2008 the duo was the only team to defeat the world number 1 team at the time of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor during an AVP tournament based in Santa Barbara.  

In 2008, April and her teammate Jennifer finished third in the Swatch FIVB World Tour.

They also came first at the Phuket Thailand Open where she won the award for Most Outstanding Player.

They took second at the Dubai Open that year .

April and Jennifer also won the Beach Volleyball World Champions in 2009. 

In 2009, they won the FIVB World Championships  in Stavanger, Norway. 

I played at the Stavanger Open in Norway and that's huge deal because every year it never fails to snow or rain at that "beach" tournament.

By 2012 April had increased her winning titles, with eight AVP tournaments, nine International Federation World Tour Beach tournaments along with over $900,000 from her winnings under her belt.

Jen Kessy and April Ross discuss advancing to the finals and the preparation it took for them to get there.

In 2012, she won silver at the Summer Olympics alongside Jennifer Kessy.

Famous Volleyball Players Pro Beach Player               April Ross Partners With Kerri Walsh Jennings in the 2016 Olympics

April joined Kerri Walsh Jennings for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. They won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics with her teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings.  

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings (Stanford '00) and Olympic silver medalist April Ross (USC '03) talk about their new partnership for the Rio Games and how their collegiate careers in the Pac-12 set them up for future success.         (Courtesy of Cronkite Sports Bureau)

In 2019, April married beach volleyball player, Brad Keenan.

At the age of 34, Ross is starting to make other plans besides her professional beach volleyball career.

Currently married to Brad Keenan, she has mentioned that she wouldn’t mind starting a family with her husband, but she still aims to grace the sand for a few more years.

Ross has inspired many people, along with her athletic partners, to take on Olympic Beach Volley, helping the sport gain a much higher public profile.

Learn five Olympic volleyball facts about pro beach volleyball player April Ross.

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April Ross' Sponsors

Mizuno Volleyball is one of April Ross's major sponsors. 

Go Pro profiles Professional Beach Volleyball player and Silver medalist, April Ross, who shows us the importance of teamwork and dedication in order to become one of the top players in the world.

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April Ross
Volleyball Highlights

In this AVP volleyball highlights video, Women's AVP $100,000 Huntington Beach Open, May 2-5, 2019 Alix Klineman / April Ross (1) def. Melissa Humana-Paredes / Sarah Pavan (14) 18-21, 21-12, 17-15 

Relive the 2018 FIVB Huntington Beach Open: Alix Klineman & April Ross (USA) vs. Taiana Lima & Carolina Horta (BRA)

Famous Volleyball Players April Ross at the Olympics

One of her most standout performances occurred during the 2016 Rio Olympic quarterfinals, against one of their biggest rivals China, where in an epic match she was a guiding force in helping Japan beat China in the five sets (3-2) and leading the way to the medal.

Check out these volleyball highlights from the best moments from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. (Olympic Channel)

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April Ross's Secret To Her Success Her Jump Serve

One of the biggest things that has made April Ross an FIVB Hero is her amazingly deadly jump serve.  

The World Champion from 2009 has one of the best jump serves on the FIVB-Tour according to this FIVBHEROES video.

Professional volleyball player April Ross has one of the fastest and most accurate jump serves in the world.

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By: Bedel Saget, Guglielmo Mattioli, Joshua Thoma

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April Ross
What Others Say About Her

Watch what Kerri Walsh has to say about her partner April Ross.

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