April RossProfessional Volleyball Player
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 and respected players In the sport. Lauded for her powerful serve, energy and competitive drive, April's easy-going 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 and Gatorade National Player of the Year. April then led USC to back-to-back NCAA Championships, going on to play professionally indoors overseas.
April swapped her sneakers for sand in 2006 and quickly became 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.
As one of the highest profile American athletes heading into Tokyo 2020, April has teamed with breakout star Alix Klineman, winning gold in their first international tournament together. Through the 2018 AVP season, the Alix and April (often referred to as #ATeam) dominated the AVP tour, nabbing back to back titles at the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open and again in Chicago. April trains and lives in Newport Beach, enjoys a weekly spin class, reading, documenting her world-adventures on social media and a newfound love of yoga.