Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/5/12

If you’ve been watching the beach volleyball action at Horse Guards Parade then you know all about the American duo of April Ross and Jen Kessy. Here’s some photos and some quick bio information.

Jen Kessy  is an American professional beach volleyball player on the Nivea AVP Tour

Kessy continued her athletic excellence while attending the University of Southern California (USC). She was a member of the volleyball team for all four years (1995–1998) and was named All-American her senior year. Also, she was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team.Jen graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in history.

April Ross was born in Costa Mesa, California on June 20, 1982 to Glen and the late Margie Ross. She has a sister, Amy.

Ross grew up in Newport Beach, California where she attended Newport Harbor High School. At NHHS, in addition to lettering in track, she was a star indoor volleyball player, eventually becoming the nation’s top recruit for her graduating class. She won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award as a senior and was the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In her senior season, she notched 624 kills and 526 digs. She played club volleyball for Orange County Volleyball Club for five years. She also played on the U.S. Junior National Team. She is 6 ft 1 in tall.

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