April Ross

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April Ross
April Ross and Whitney Pavlik at the AVP Austin Open 2017 (cropped).jpg
Ross at the 2017 AVP Austin Open
Personal information
Full nameApril Elizabeth Ross
NicknameThe Boss
Born (1982-06-20) June 20, 1982 (age 38)
Costa Mesa, California, US
HometownNewport Beach, CA, US
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate
2018 Alix Klineman
Previous teammates
Years Teammate
Lauren Fendrick
Kerri Walsh Jennings
Jennifer Kessy
Keao Burdine
Barbra Fontana
Nancy Mason

April Elizabeth Ross (born June 20, 1982) is an American professional beach volleyball player. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics with Jennifer Kessy, and a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics with Kerri Walsh Jennings. Ross and Kessy were also the 2009 Beach Volleyball World Champions.

Early life[edit]

Ross grew up in Newport Beach, California where she attended Newport Harbor High School.[1] At NHHS, in addition to lettering in track, she was a star indoor volleyball player, eventually becoming the nation's top recruit for her graduating class. She won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award as a senior and was the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In her senior season, she notched 624 kills and 526 digs. She played club volleyball for Orange County Volleyball Club for five years. She also played on the U.S. Junior National Team. She is 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Brad Keenan from 2010-2018.[1]


Ross attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where in her freshman season she was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year as well as the National Freshman of the Year. In her freshman season in 2000, she received Pac-10 First Team honors as well as AVCA Second Team All-America honors. She helped USC to the NCAA Final Four.[2]

As a sophomore in 2001, she was a second team All American and finished the season ranked fourth in Pac-10 in kills (3.98 kpg), sixth in points (4.52 ppg) and seventh in digs (3.04 dpg) and helped USC to the NCAA Regional Finals, when she suffered a sprained ankle during game two and was forced to leave the match.[2]

In her final two seasons, she helped USC to back-to-back NCAA Titles. In 2002, she was named a First Team All-American and had 15 kills and 14 digs in the NCAA Championship win over Stanford, avenging their only loss of the season to the Cardinal. In 2003, she repeated as a First Team All-American, and helped USC to an undefeated season after defeating Florida in the NCAA championship match. Ross had 14 kills and 19 digs in the winning effort.[2][3]

She finished her career among USC's all-time career record-holders, ranking in the top 6 in eight statistical categories, including first in points (1,430) and points per game, second in service aces (161) and service aces per game (0.38), fourth in attacks (3,859), fifth in kills (1576), kills per game (3.73) and digs (1,296) and sixth in digs per game (3.06).[2]

In 2004, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top female collegiate volleyball player.[4]


Professional career[edit]

In 2008, with her beach partner Jennifer Kessy during the Swatch FIVB World Tour 2008, they finished in third place at the ConocoPhillips Grand Slam Stavanger, second place at the Dubai Open and first place at the Phuket Thailand Open, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player. On September 7, 2008, Ross and Kessy upset the World No. 1 duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh at an AVP tournament in Santa Barbara, California. On July 4, 2009, Kessy and Ross won the FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway defeating Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca.[5] As of April 2012, Ross had eight AVP and nine FIVB 1st-place finishes overall, as well as over $937,813 in total prize money.[5]

World tour 2016[edit]

Ross played, with partner Walsh Jennings, at the Long Beach, California Grand Slam,[6] which was part of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. They won the gold medal in straight sets (21–16, 21–16),[7]

Partnering with Klineman[edit]

Ross and Alix Klineman; 2019

At the end of 2017, Ross and Alix Klineman became beach volleyball partners.[8] Klineman and Ross won the FIVB Dela Beach Open in January 2018, which was the first tournament they played together.[9] During the 2018 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Klineman and Ross won four tournament events: the Austin Open, the Manhattan Beach Open, the Championships (in Chicago), and the Hawaii Invitational.[10] In mid-October 2018, Klineman and Ross won their second FIVB tournament event, earning the gold medal over Brazil at the Yangzhou Open.[11] They were named the AVP Team of the Year at the AVP Award Banquet that November.[12]

In 2019, their success continued as they won the Huntington Beach and New York City Open AVP tour events,[13][14] and won the FIVB Itapema Open mid-May.[15] They also won the silver medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.[16][17]

In July 2020 the two won the AVP Monster Hydro Cup and the Wilson Cup, and in August they won the AVP Champions Cup.[16][18]

Olympic career[edit]

In the 2012 London Olympics, No. 4 seed Ross and Kessy won the Silver Medal by defeating Brazil's No. 1 seed team of Juliana and Larissa in a semi-final match after dropping the first set. They lost to teammates Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the Gold Medal final straight sets by an identical score of 16–21.

On June 26, 2013, Ross teamed up with Walsh-Jennings to train for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Ross played as a defender behind Walsh Jennings' block.[19] Seeded at No. 3, Ross and Walsh Jennings lost to Brazil's No. 2 seed team of Agatha and Barbara in straight sets of 20–22 and 18–21 in a semi-final match. They defeated the No. 1 seed Brazil team of Larissa and Talita in the Bronze Medal match for Ross's second Olympic medal.




  • FIVB Top Rookie: 2007[21]
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player (1): 2009
  • FIVB Best Hitter: 2009, 2011
  • FIVB Best Server: 2011, 2012, 2015–2017


  • AVP Rookie of the Year: 2006[21]
  • AVP Most Improved Player: 2007
  • AVP Best Server: 2013–2017
  • AVP Best Offensive Player: 2013, 2017
  • AVP Most Valuable Player: 2013–2017
  • AVP Team of the Year: 2012 (with Jennifer Kessy), 2014, 2016 (with Kerri Walsh Jennings), 2019 (with Alix Klineman).



  1. ^ a b "April Ross". US Olympic Committee. 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "April Ross". University of Southern California (USC) Trojans Women's Volleyball. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Perfect ending to a perfect season". Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "April Ross Wins 2003-04 Volleyball Honda Award". USC Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "April Ross". Beach Volleyball Database. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Team Profile
  7. ^ Long Beach Grand Slam 2016 | 24 – 28 August 2016
  8. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (November 30, 2017). "April Ross finds new partner for Tokyo 2020 Olympic run". NBC Sports.
  9. ^ "April Ross, Alix Klineman win gold at FIVB Dela Beach Open". Volleyballmag.com. January 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 AVP Tour Results (Women)". AVP. September 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Klineman and Ross bring home Yangzhou gold". FIVB. October 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "2018 AVP Awards". AVP. November 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Morales, Robert (May 6, 2019). "AVP Tour: Alix Klineman, April Ross rally to win Huntington Beach Open". TBRnews.com.
  14. ^ Leinonen, Jim (June 12, 2019). "South Bay AVP pros win titles at tournament in New York City". TBRnews.com.
  15. ^ "April Ross, Alix Klineman back atop Olympic beach volleyball qualifying". NBCSports.com. May 19, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Alix Klineman/April Ross Take Home AVP Champions Cup, Porsche Cup". Manhattan Beach, CA Patch. August 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "April Ross, Alix Klineman take silver at beach volleyball worlds". NBCSports.com. July 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "Alix Klineman, April Ross One Cup Away from AVP Champions Cup". Manhattan Beach, CA Patch. July 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Dorfman, Blake (August 6, 2016). "The Toughest Challenges for Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross in Rio". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Volleyball". CWSA. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Player Awards". Beach volleyball database. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  22. ^ Orange County Volleyball Club

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