April Ross is hitting the beach volleyball trail this 2017 season with teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Ross had originally planned to take the year off in the hopes of getting pregnant in the offseason, but her plans have changed. Back in September, Ross has announced that if she didn’t get pregnant in this years offseason, she would try again next offseason. This would mean that she would miss 2018, the only season in the cycle without a world championship or Olympics.
Ross and Walsh-Jennings took bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, being upset by Brazil’s No. 2 pair Agatha and Barbara in the semifinals. They turned around to beat Brazi’s top squad, Larissa and Talita, in the bronze medal match.
Ross and Walsh Jennings look to compete in world championships in Vienna, Austria in July and August. The pair fell in the round of 16 in 2015, when Walsh Jennings was returning after dislocating her shoulder.
Walsh Jennings won three straight world championships with Misy May-Treanor (2003, 2005, 2007). Ross won in 2009 with Jennifer Kessy. No US men’s or women’s teams have taken the title since them.