April Ross Named the 2014 USA Volleyball Beach Player of the Year

    April Ross swings high around the opponent block.
    Dec. 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - Former Trojan, April Ross has been named the 2014 Beach Volleyball Player of the Year by USA Volleyball. This is the fourth time she has received this honor.

    Ross, 32, debuted the 2014 beach season with her new partner and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Kerri Walsh Jennings.

    Internationally, the dynamic duo won four gold medals on the FIVB World Tour at the Fuzhou Open in China, the Moscow Grand Slam, the Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway and the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif.

    On the domestic AVP Tour, Ross and Jennings went undefeated in all seven events, winning 36 matches and losing only three out of 73 sets. They are only the second pair to accomplish a perfect tour since Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings did in 2003.

    Ross was third in digs overall for women on the tour with 372 and second, behind Walsh Jennings, in hitting percentage at .509.

    In 2012, Ross won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in London and the 2009 FIVB World Championships with former partner Jennifer Kessy.

    Ross left Troy as one of the best all-around indoor players in program history. Among her many accolades, she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year, earned four All-America selections, including first team honors in 2002 and 2003, and was USC's first-ever Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year. She was a member of the 2002 and 2003 National Championship teams, and was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament teams in both years as well. Ross also earned the 2003-2004 Volleyball Honda Award, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding collegiate female athlete in her sport.