April Ross

AVP Athlete Stats

Rookie Season 2006

Athlete Information

Hometown Costa Mesa, CA
Height 6'1"
Birthday June 20, 1982

April grew up playing soccer and basketball before switching to volleyball in junior high. She played indoor volleyball at Newport Harbor High School, winning two State Championships. She also competed for Orange County Volleyball Club, taking home three National Club titles. After being awarded the Gatorade National Player of the Year during her Senior year in 2000, she attended USC for indoor volleyball and won two National Championships, going undefeated for the second one her senior season. After college, April played three seasons of professional volleyball in Puerto Rico for the Ponce Leonas before making the transition to beach volleyball in 2006.

One year into her beach career, April paired up with Jen Kessy to make the finals in their first tournament of the 2007 AVP season. April went on to win Gold with Jen at the 2011 World Championships in Norway and the Silver Medal in the London Olympics in 2012. Post London Olympics, April joined forces with Kerri Walsh and went undefeated in the 2015 AVP season. The pair then qualified for the Rio Olympics and secured the Bronze Medal for the United States in 2016. After the Rio Olympics, April briefly paired up with Lauren Fendrick to take home the Silver Medal at the 2017 World Championships in Vienna, Austria. April currently plays with Alix Klineman – the pair has two MBO title and eleven other AVP victories. On the FIVB Tour in 2019, they won two Golds Medals and the Silver Medal at the 2019 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The duo most notably took home Olympic Gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

In her spare time, April loves anything wellness-based. She’s continually working on her yoga practice, taking spin classes, and learning about meditation and mindfulness. Oh, and coffee. Her other hobbies include investing, sewing, woodworking, paddleboarding, snowboarding, and golf.  She also enjoys the extensive travel that beach volleyball has allowed/demanded of her over the years; seeing the world was her ultimate goal growing up.