B-E-A-S-T MODE. That is April Ross. Since taking Silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games, she has been on an absolute tear to prove that she is one of the world’s best players, if not THE best. She has elevated her game more than any other player in the world. With her powerful jump serve and cannon of an arm, she has risen to the top of the ranks of Olympic qualifying and appears well on her way to greatness in Brazil. With teammate, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, she is hoping to reach the top of the box in Rio. As the story goes, she had just lost to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri in the Olympic Gold Medal game in London when giving a congratulatory hug, Kerri told her “Let’s go get Gold in Rio”. Soon after they began their partnership in 2013, they started picking up medals on the world tour with the main goal of getting to Rio in 2016. 2015 was a very trying year for the team as Walsh-Jennings suffered a devastating shoulder injury in Switzerland. With their Olympic qualification in limbo, they decided to stick it out and plan to complete their qualification in 2016 after Kerri’s return from shoulder surgery. In the meantime, April would still play events with several different partners and continue to achieve Top 5 results domestically and overseas. 2015 was where we saw April enter BEAST MODE. Regardless of who she was playing with or against, she was a monster on the court, taking no prisoners. She cemented how great of a player she has become and that the World Tour must take notice whenever she appears on the other side of the net. Despite her no-nonsense demeanor on the court, she is easily one of the most friendly and down-to-earth players off the court. She is one of the best in communicating with her fans, both in person and on social media.
Height: 6′ 1″
Hometown: Newport Beach, Ca.
Birth Date: June 20, 1982
College: University of Southern California
FIVB Titles: 18
Current Partner: Kerri Walsh-Jennings