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USC women's volleyball alum April Ross will be immortalized on the Manhattan Beach pier after winning the AVP's showcase event for the first time in her career.  Ross, who paired with Kerri Walsh Jennings a year ago to form the world's best team, defeated Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick in three sets (after Sweat suffered back spasms) to become the fifth Trojan ever to win the Manhattan Beach Open.

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"I never really let myself believe it was actually going to happen because I wanted it so bad," Ross said. "It was kind of weird how it happened, but I think we played really well this whole tournament and we battled. Even in that final until Brooke got hurt, we battled and I think we were going to take it."

Ross will have her name plaque on the pier alongside fellow Trojans Miki McFadden (the only other USC woman), Ron Lang, Tim Hovland and Adam Johnson. 

"I'm humbled by the fact that I'm out there with Kerri and I'm going to be on the pier till the world ends."



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