April Ross has a long decorated volleyball career, both on the beach and indoor. Playing indoor at University of Southern California, Ross was named the National Freshman of the Year in her starting season and led the team in back-to-back National Championships in 2002 and 2003.
After taking some time to step away from the game, Ross decided to take her talents to the sand. Starting her career in 2006, she won FIVB Rookie of the Year award and also recorded the FIVB’s second-fastest serve of the year at 85.7 km/hr. In a streak from October, 2008 through the 2010 Moscow Grand Slam, Ross and Kessy played for a medal in 17 of their 20 FIVB events, winning seven golds, six silvers and three bronzes. Ross has two Olympic medals- one silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics and one bronze medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics. Ross has one sister named Amy, along with one nephew, Clayton. Ross married fellow professional beach volleyball player Brad Keenan in November 2010.
In 2018, April Ross partnered up with Stanford University’s Alix Klineman where they competed to win 4 Championships in the season. Together, they received the Women’s Team of the Year award, with April additionally receiving awards for the Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player.
When did you join the AVP?
2006 after a hiatus from volleyball. I quit indoor and never thought I’d play professionally again until I found the beach game and joined the AVP.
What is the most rewarding piece of advice you ever received?
Work hard, leave it all on the court, and that’s all that matters.
If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?
My Mizuno bikini
My Gatorade water bottle