April Ross Wins Gold Medal At ASICS World Series Of Beach Volleyball

    Gold medalists April Ross (third from right) and Kerri Walsh Jennings with the other medal winners.

    July 28, 2014

    Former USC women's volleyball great April Ross teamed with Kerri Walsh Jennings to win the gold medal at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a FIVB Grand Slam event, in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday (July 27).

    The U.S. duo swept Brazil's No. 5-seeded team of Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, 21-17, 21-17. The top-seeded Ross and Walsh Jennings shared $70,000 for winning the gold.

    It was the sixth FIVB title that Ross and Walsh Jennings have won since forming as a team in late 2013. Earlier this season, they won tourneys in China, Russia and Norway (they also captured a pair of AVP titles in 2014). Last year, they won gold medals at FIVB tournaments in Brazil and China in just their second and third FIVB events as a team (they also had an AVP championship).

    Ross, an All-American on USC's 2002 and 2003 women's indoor volleyball NCAA champs, teamed with fellow Trojan alum Jennifer Kessy to win a silver medal in beach volleyball at the 2012 Olympic Games.

    Ross was the FIVB Rookie of the Year in 2007 and has gone on to win 16 FIVB Tour titles. She was the first U.S. woman to start her career with three FIVB victories before winning domestically. With nearly $1.3 million in career earnings, she earned the most valuable player of the AVP in 2013 and teamed with Kessy to earn AVP Team of the Year.