Kerri Walsh Jennings is the win leader among female beach volleyball players in America. As she makes her way toward the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she may enter a category all her own as she continues on without long-time partner Misty May-Treanor. Now with her new partner, April Ross, Kerri can stand alone as a four-time gold medalist should the two succeed in Brazil.
Kerri Walsh Jennings became the winningest female beach volleyball player in the world with her FIVB Grand Slam win in Xiamen, China in October 2013. With that win she surpassed her longtime partner Misty May-Treanor who retired from the sport after the London Olympics. As a three-time gold medalist, Kerri has now set her sights on returning to the Games with a new partner, April Ross, in an attempt to bring home her fourth gold medal.
Returning to elite athletics after giving birth to a child is hard. More than hard. Nearly impossible. We can count the women who have been able to have children and then return to the top of their game just weeks later on one hand. Kerri Walsh Jennings has now done it three times. What she’s accomplished is remarkable in many ways and it shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s not just losing the baby weight that makes it tough. It’s not even the fact that while you were off the court for several months, your opponents were training at peak levels. The toughest part is getting back that mental edge that you need to win.
When the last ball hit the sand in London, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross already knew they’d be partnering up for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They just hadn’t talked about it yet. “I'd been thinking about it for so long that I feel like we talked before we even talked,” Kerri said turning to her new partner. “I had conversations with you in my head. It just felt right.”
Kerri and Misty. Jen and April. These names have been so intertwined together for beach volleyball fans that they now roll easily off the tongue. Well, beach volleyball opened a new chapter last weekend at the AVP’s Santa Barbara Open – the chapter of Kerri and April. Get used to it.
It's official. Kerri Walsh Jennings is now the winningest female beach player in history. With her FIVB win in China last weekend, Kerri surpassed longtime partner Misty May-Treanor with her 113th win. Kerri is just $7,000 away from passing Misty as the earnings leader as well. With new partner April Ross, Kerri should soon pull away and amass an unattainable record in the years leading up to the 2016 Olympics.
American teams fared quite well last week at the FIVB Grand Slam in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Unfortunately, the way the seeds fell, this tournament forced some American teams to take each other out. The big news was that Kerri and April won gold in their first international tournament after officially joining forces.
After an off weekend in Huntington Beach last week, Kerri and April bounced back with their second straight FIVB Grand Slam win in Xiamen, China. Things did not go as smoothly on the men's side as Jake and Casey lost in three sets in the quarterfinals.