Jennifer Kessy / April Ross defeat Argentina in Beach Volleyball at the 2012 Olympics
April Ross leaves USC as one of the best all-around players in program history... Among her notable accolades, she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year, earned four All-America selections, including first team accolades in 2002 and 2003 (the last USC player to earn more than two honors was four-time honoree Tracy Clark in 1982-85), and was USC's first-ever National Freshman of the Year when she earned the Volleyball magazine accolades in 2000 (in addition to Pac-10 Freshman of the Year)... Ross also earned four AVCA All-Pacific Region selections, four All-Pac-10 first team honors, two Academic All-Pac-10 selections, was honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week three times, earned one National Player of the Week selection and was named a tournament MVP a total of seven times... In 2000 and 2002 she was named the NCAA Regional MVP and was selected to NCAA Championship All-Tournament teams in 2002 and 2003.
Ross led the team in kills, kills per game and points in each of her four seasons... She also led the team in digs and digs per game prior to the introduction of the libero position in 2002... In four years she started every single match... In fact, she played all but three single games... Among USC's all-time career record-holders, Ross ranks among the top 6 in eight statistical categories, including first in points (1,430) and points per game, second in service aces (161) and service aces per game (0.38), fourth in attacks (3,859), fifth in kills (1576), kills per game (3.73) and digs (1,296) and sixth in digs per game (3.06).
2003 Senior Season As a team co-captain and go-to player, Ross led USC to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP... She started in all 35 matches and led the team in kills, service aces and points... With yet another outstanding season to compete her career, Ross was honored as an AVCA All-America first team selection, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year (the first USC player to ever earn the Pac-10 honor and the second Trojan to be named conference Player of the Year)... She also earned her fourth-straight All-Pac-10 first team honor and AVCA All-Pacific Region first team honors... Ross was named the Most Valuable Player at all three nonconference tournaments, including the NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic, USC-Holiday Inns Tournament and McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational... Also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team... She was recently named a finalist for the 2003-04 Volleyball Honda Award... Averaged a .288 attack percentage, 3.65 kills (seventh in the Pac-10), 0.23 assists, 0.52 service aces (second in the Pac-10 and a USC single-season record), 3.15 digs (ninth in the Pac-10), 0.70 blocks and 4.64 points per game (fifth in the Pac-10)... Her 59 service aces tied the USC single-season mark... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 20 after leading USC to wins at Stanford (Oct. 17) and California (Oct. 18) by averaging a .383 hitting percentage, 4.75 kills, 3.25 digs, 1.0 blocks, and 0.37 aces per game... In the decisive fifth game against Cal, she recorded nine kills, hit .818, and scored five of USC's final six points to beat the Bears and keep the team's undefeated record in tact... Collected a career-high seven service aces (one short of the USC record) against Centenary (Sept. 12) and Arizona State (Oct. 10)... More impressively, against the Sun Devils she served six consecutive aces in game one - a feat that is unlikely to have ever occurred in Division I history... She was named to the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament team after averaging 4.00 kills and 3.57 digs per game against Texas A&M (Dec. 12) and UCLA (Dec. 13)... Averaged 3.57 kills, 3.71 digs and 4.43 points in the final two NCAA matches versus Minnesota (Dec. 18) and Florida (Dec. 20) and was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team... Against the Gators she added a season-high 19 digs... Trained with the USA Women's National Team during the summer of 2003.
2002 Junior Season In addition to the numerous accolades she garnered in her third season with the Women of Troy, Ross accomplished her top goal of leading USC to the 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP... Named to the AVCA All-America first team, in addition to AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 first team... As a full-time starter and team floor captain, Ross played in all 32 matches and 107 games... Averaged a .286 attack percentage and 3.61 kills, 0.16 assists, 0.43 services aces, 3.0 digs, 0.64 blocks and 4.41 points per game... Led the team in kills, aces and points, and finished second in digs and fourth in blocks... Ranked third in the Pac-10 in aces, ninth in points and 10th in kills... Twice recorded a career-high 26 kills against Wake Forest on Sept. 6 and California on Oct. 5... Named to the Radisson/Nike Classic All-Tournament team and Tournament MVP after averaging 4.4 kills, 3.6 digs and a .333 attack percentage against Ball State (Aug. 31), Pittsburgh (Sept. 1) and Nebraska (Sept. 2)... Was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 3 for her performances... Named to the BYU Mizuno Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 4.6 kills, 3.1 digs, 0.8 aces, 0.9 blocks and a .393 attack percentage against BYU (Sept. 5), Wake Forest (Sept. 6) and Florida (Sept. 6)... Averaged 3.2 kills, 0.50 aces, 0.75 blocks, 2.7 digs and a .274 hitting mark throughout the NCAA Tournament... Posted doubles figure kills in five of the six championship matches... Tied a career high with six blocks in the NCAA Regional Finals against Pepperdine (Dec. 13), in addition to 10 kills and seven digs, and was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team and West Regional MVP... In the championship match against Stanford, she recorded 15 kills, a .306 attack percentage, one ace, 14 digs and one block to be named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team... A USC Marks Scholar-Athlete.
2001 Sophomore Season Ross enjoyed another outstanding season at USC, leading the Women of Troy on both offense and defense... She played in 96 games and started all 29 matches... Finished the season ranked fourth in Pac-10 in kills (3.98 kpg), sixth in points (4.52 ppg) and seventh in digs (3.04 dpg)... Also averaged a .285 attack percentage, 0.30 assists, 0.19 aces and 0.59 blocks per game... Collected double-figure kills in 22-of-29 matches and double-figure digs in 15 matches... Named Volleyball Magazine All-American third team and AVCA All-Pacific Region... Earned All-Pac-10 first team honors... Started the season with an 11-kill, .476 hitting performance against UC Irvine (Sept. 1) and 22 kills (.250), five blocks against Wisconsin (Sept. 2) at the UCI Marriott Sunset Showcase... Named to the Hawai'i Aston Imua Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament team after averaging 3.6 kills, 3.3 digs and 0.8 blocks in the three-day event... Collected a season-high 24 kills (.477) and 27.5 points against Oregon (Nov. 16)... Twice collected a season-best three service aces against Oregon State (Nov. 20) and Oregon (Nov. 21)... Recorded a career-high .636 (14-0-22) attack percentage with an error-free effort against Liberty (Nov. 30) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... After leading the team to a first-game win against Arizona in the NCAA Regional Final (Dec. 7), was forced to leave the match in game two with a severe right ankle sprain... Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team... During the summer of 2002 she trained with the USA A2 Women's National Phase I Team and played in the Pan America Cup in June in Tijuana, Mexico
2000 Freshman Season Ross was the only Trojan to start in all 32 matches and play in all 107 games during the 2000 season... Among her many honors, she was named to the AVCA All-American second team, the Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American third team, Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year and the AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year... Also named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team... Honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and received All-Pac-10 first team and All-Freshman team honors... She led the team with 3.70 kills per game and finished second with 3.06 digs and 0.36 service aces per outing... Ranked sixth in the conference in aces and eighth in kills and digs... Collected a kill/dig double-double in 11 matches throughout the season... Made her collegiate debut in the starting lineup against Texas (Sept. 1)... Honored as MVP of the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8) after adding nine kills (.333) and 10 digs against Temple, and averaging 8.7 kills and a .365 attack percentage in three tournament matches... Posted a season-high .562 attack percentage against the Huskies (Sept. 15), committed no hitting errors and added 10 digs and four blocks... Accounted for a season-high four aces against Oregon State (Sept. 29)... Led USC with 25 kills against UCLA (Oct. 6) - a career and team season high... Had a season-best 23 digs against UCSB (Oct. 24)... Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after leading the squad in wins over Arizona State (Nov. 9) and Arizona (Nov. 10)... In the two matches she averaged 4.6 kills, 1.63 digs, 0.88 blocks, 0.38 aces and a .417 attack percentage... Led the team in kills in the first two rounds of the NCAAs, averaging 3.7 per game... Averaged 5.3 kills and 3.3 digs against Florida (Dec. 7) and Penn State (Dec. 8) and was named Pacific Regional Most Outstanding Player.... During the following summer (2001) she helped the USA Junior National Volleyball Team qualify for the World Championships with a third place finish at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, starting at outside hitter... Led the U.S.A. in digs per game (2.43).
High School Ross is a 2000 graduate of Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach, Calif. ... A four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and track, she played middle blocker, outside hitter and setter as a prep... Also lettered three times in basketball as a post player... A highly decorated athlete, she was honored as the 1999 Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and 1999-2000 Orange County Athlete of the Year in volleyball... Named to the 1999 Paul Mitchell Prep All-America team... As a junior and senior, she guided her team to the state championship and its fourth consecutive Sea View League championship... A two-time CIF Player of the Year (1999, 1998), Orange County Player of the Year and 1999 Sea View MVP... A Volleyball Fab 50 and All-Stater Sports Super 75 selection... Was named the MVP of the prestigious Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions as a junior and senior... In her final season, she accounted for 624 total kills, averaged 16 kills per match, posted 526 digs, 117 blocks and 70 service aces... Was selected for the 2000 Junior National Team... Played club volleyball with the Orange County Volleyball Club for five years under head coach Charlie Brande, leading the team to the Davis Festival championship as a freshman, sophomore and senior... Academically, she was an honor roll student all four years.
Personal April Elizabeth Ross was born on June 20, 1982, in Costa Mesa, Calif. ... The daughter of Glen and the late Margie Ross, she has one sister, Amy... Would love to live on the north shore of Oahu for a year after graduation... Also enjoys photography, painting and dancing... When asked to list something she has always wanted to do, she states "win a couple of NCAA championships"... An international relations major.