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 Championships, April and her then partner, Jennifer Kessy won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Now with Kerri Walsh-Jennings, April and Kerri have swept every AVP stop and dominated the FIVB tour en route to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. April trains and lives in Newport with her husband, professional beach volleyball player and coach Brad Keenan and their cat, Critter.
Ross was born in Costa Mesa, California to Glen and Margie Ross. Ross grew up in Newport Beach, California where she attended Newport Harbor High School. 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.
Most Valuable Player, Phuket Thailand Open
2012 London Olympics
2013 AVP Most Valuable Player