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Team(s)

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CareerTimeline

Most Notable

  • Volleyball icon Currently 2nd in the world with partner Alix Klineman
  • Volleyball icon 2nd with Alix Klineman in provisional Olympic ranking
  • Volleyball icon Partnered with Alix Klineman since 2018
  • Volleyball icon Former partners include: Lauren Fendrick (2017); Kerri Walsh Jennings (2013-17); Jen Kessy (2007-13)
  • Volleyball icon Two-time Olympic medalist
  • Volleyball icon One of four U.S. beach volleyball Olympians to have more than one Olympic medal (Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor, Karch Kiraly)
  • Volleyball icon Just missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Game with Jen Kessy, as the team was third in the U.S
  • Volleyball icon USAV Women's Beach Player of the Year - 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Volleyball icon USAV Beach Team of the Year - 2009 and 2012 with Jen Kessy; 2016 with Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • Volleyball icon FIVB Best Hitter - 2009, 2011
  • Volleyball icon FIVB Best Offensive Player - 2009
  • Volleyball icon FIVB Best Server - 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Volleyball icon FIVB Top Rookie - 2007 (first woman to win the award)
  • Volleyball icon Through 2019, has played in 142 FIVB tournaments with 25 gold medals
  • Volleyball icon Played professionally indoors with Leonas de Ponce from 2004-06
  • Volleyball icon Trained indoors with the U.S. Women's National Team in 2002-03
  • Volleyball icon Three-time All-American at USC as an indoor player, helping the Trojans to consecutive AVCA national titles in 2002 and 2003
  • Volleyball icon Started every match in her USC career, leading the team in kills and points each year
  • Volleyball icon National Freshman of the Year and 2003 PAC-10 Player of the year
  • Volleyball icon 2004 Honda Sports Award winner for volleyball
  • Volleyball icon U.S. Junior National Team - 2000 and 2001

Events

  • flag 2019 FIVB The Hague - 4th with Alix Klineman
  • flag 2019 FIVB Xiamen - T5th with Alix Klineman
  • Medal 2019 FIVB Itapema - Gold with Alix Klineman
  • flag 2019 FIVB Ostrava - T5th with Alix Klineman
  • flag 2019 FIVB Warsaw - T5th with Alix Klineman
  • Medal 2019 FIVB World Championships - Silver with Alix Klineman
  • Medal 2019 FIVB Gstaad - Gold with Alix Klineman
  • Medal 2019 FIVB Tokyo - Silver with Alix Klineman
  • flag 2019 FIVB Rome (World Tour Finals) - T9th with Alix Klineman
  • Medal Top 2018 FIVB finishes with Alix Klineman include: Gold at Dela Beach and Gold at Yangzhou; Gold at the Hague
  • Medal 2018 NORCECA Tour Finals - Gold with Alix Klineman
  • Medal 2017 World Championships - Silver with Lauren Fendrick
  • Medal 2016 Olympic Games - Bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • flag 2015 World Championships - T9th with Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • flag 2013 World Championships - 4th with Whitney Pavlik
  • Medal 2012 Olympic Games - Silver with Jen Kessy
  • flag 2011 World Championships - T5th with Jen Kessy
  • Medal 2009 World Championships - Gold with Jen Kessy
  • flag 2007 World Championships - T37th with Jen Kessy

Personal Highlights

  • Volleyball icon Born in 1982
  • Volleyball icon Married to pro breach player Brad Keenan
  • Volleyball icon Father's name is Glen; stepmother is Lynda; April's mom, Margie, died in 2001
  • Volleyball icon Has one sister (Amy); three stepbrothers (Tommy, Jimmy and Weston; one stepsister (Mindy)
  • Volleyball icon Graduated USC with a degree in international relations
  • Volleyball icon Played for Orange County Volleyball Club
  • Volleyball icon 1999 Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year

 

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  • Looking back on successful 2019 season with Alix Klineman“We wanted to make sure we took some time off (in the) fall so we could feel refreshed and give it our all this year. We started ramping up in December and worked on some things we identified as weaknesses from last season to get a head start. There’s no aspect of this sport that’s off limits to improvement this year: nutrition, fitness, strength, sports psych, reading, video…”