2017 in wrapping up and the AVP Tour Awards have been announced following the first year of Gold Series stops and more points awarded to players.
The 2018 FIVB World Tour has already kicked off with some smaller events toward the end of 2017, but the bulk majority is set to begin with a four-star event in The Hague from January 3-7.
April Ross announced she is teaming up with Stanford alum Alex Klineman for the 2018 pro season and the next Olympic training quad.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won 3 of the 8 stops on the AVP Tour in 2018.
April Ross and Kelly Claes lost in the main draw on Thursday, while fellow Americans Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh, Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, and Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat fared better with straight-set wins
The FIVB World Tour is continuing this week with a three-star competition in Qinzhou, China.
German Laura Ludwig earned her second straight FIVB Most Outstanding Player honor as well as Best Defensive Player, Sportswoman of the Year and Most Inspirational accolades after winning the FIVB World Championships and Swatch World Tour titles.
April Ross was recently honored by her alma mater, USC, as one of their 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.
The 2017 AVP Tour is coming to a close, with the Chicago Championships rapidly approaching this weekend.
American pair Summer/Sweat were one of three U.S. teams eliminated from the World Tour Finals on Friday in Hamburg.