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Ross named USAV 2015 Women's Beach Player of the Year

April Ross in action at the 2015 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA

Colorado Springs, USA, December 11, 2015 - April Ross has been named the USA Volleyball Women's Beach Player of the Year for a fifth time, a record for a female athlete.

April Ross has claimed USA Volleyball's highest accolade for a third consecutive year. She receives the award while partnered with Kerri Walsh Jennings and Jennifer Kessy.

Walsh Jennings said: "April is an amazing teammate, on the court and off. This year was a really challenging year for us as a team. The amount of responsibility April had on her plate, it would've overwhelmed a ton of people and she handled it with so much grace. I was impressed with her mental toughness."

Ross said: "I've never had a season like we had this past year. Kerri was injured the entire time from the first Grand Slam to our last tournament. It was tough, we didn't get to play together as much as both of us wanted. When we did play together, we both grew a lot because of the situation we were put in. We had to tough it out and come up with ways to win that we wouldn't have had to think of before. In the end, I'm thankful and finding the silver lining. We grew a lot as a team even though we weren't 100-percent."

Ross and Walsh Jennings will be aiming to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after the short off-season break.

"There are a lot of tournaments before the cutoff date and we've picked and chosen the tournaments we're going to already," said Ross. "I think it's a pretty good schedule and it won't be too overwhelming. I've never been a part of something where I feel like we're preparing like crazy. We're going to be prepared as we possibly can for 2016 and all the scenarios that could pop up."

USA Volleyball Women's Beach Player of the Year
2015: April Ross
2014: April Ross
2013: April Ross
2012: Misty May-Treanor
2011: April Ross
2010: Summer Ross
2009: April Ross
2008: Misty May-Treanor
2007: Misty May-Treanor

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