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Athletes to Watch: April Ross & Alix Klineman

Ross, the 2012 Olympic silver and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, has joined forces with the six-foot-five Klineman, a Stanford grad and recent convert from indoors, who is seven years her junior.

Together they won the first FIVB tournament they entered in January 2018, and have only seen continued success since then, winning five AVP tournaments and finishing second at the 2019 World Championships, making them the clear favorite among the American teams contending for a Tokyo spot. The duo is coached by Ross’s 2012 Olympic partner, Jennifer Kessy.

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Athlete Info

  Alix Klineman April Ross
Sport Beach Volleyball Beach Volleyball
Height 6'5" 6'1"
Date of Birth December 30, 1989 June 20, 1982
Hometown Manhattan Beach, CA Costa Mesa, CA
Current Residence Manhattan Beach, CA Costa Mesa, CA

Alix has a love of Brazil as she wants to learn Portuguese and live in the South American country for a few years.

April's go-to snack before or after hitting the gym is the Smucker's Uncrustables. She's also become an official spokesperson for the peanut butter and jelly product.


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