Meet April Ross — Kerri Walsh Jennings's new beach volleyball partner

Things looked up this week, though. The three-time Olympic gold medalist

(and mother of three) Kerri Walsh Jennings, 34, announced she’d be teaming up

with yet another superstar of the sand: former foe April Ross, 31, who

nabbed a silver medal in 2012 with then-partner Jennifer Kessy.
Beth Greenfield



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2012 Team USA Media Summit

DALLAS, TX - MAY 15: Beach volleyball player, April Ross, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Premiere Of Summit Entertainment's "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" - Arrivals

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Olympic Silver Medalist April Ross attends the Premiere Of Summit Entertainment's "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" at the Arclight Cinerama Dome on September 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

US Olympic Athlete Medalists Visit USA House

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: U.S. Olympian April Ross visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: April Ross of the United States lunges for the ball in the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match against the United States on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Silver medallists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Silver medallists Jennifer Kessy (L) and April Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: April Ross of the United States celebrates a point during the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 7 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: April Ross of the United States serves during the Women's Beach Volleyball Round of 16 match between United States and Switzerland on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 6 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: April Ross the United States serves during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between United States and Spain on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 2 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: April Ross of the United States serves during Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary match between the United States and Argentina on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

FIVB Beach Volleyball Beijing Grand Slam - Day 3

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 09: April Ross (R) of the United States in action during a 2012 Swatch FIVB World Tour Beijing Grand Slam preliminary match in Chaoyang Park on May 9, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

April Ross from the US reacts during the

April Ross from the US reacts during the women's Beach Volleyball match against Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkher from Switzerland on the Centre Court Stadium in Horse Guards Parade on London on August 3, 2012, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. USA won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIADANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages

April Ross from the US controls the ball

April Ross from the US controls the ball during the women's Beach Volleyball semi-final against Brazil's Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva on The Centre Court Stadium on Horse Guards Parade in London on August 7, 2012, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. USA won 2-1 AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIADANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages

US April Ross looks at the ball during t

US April Ross looks at the ball during the women's beach volleyball preliminary phase Pool B match against The Netherland's Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer on The Centre Court Stadium at Horse Guards Parade in London on July 31, 2012, during the London 2012 Olympic Games. USA won 2-1 AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIADANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages

April Ross (R) and Jennifer Kessy from t

April Ross (R) and Jennifer Kessy from the US celebrates at the end of the women's Beach Volleyball semifinal against Brazil's Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva on the Centre Court Stadium in Horse Guards Parade on London on August 7, 2012, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The US won 2-1 AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIADANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages

April Ross from the US eyes the ball dur

April Ross from the US eyes the ball during the women's beach volleyball preliminary phase Pool D match against Argentina's Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta on The Centre Court Stadium in Horse Guards Parade on London on July 29, 2012, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The US won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIADANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages

LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 - VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: April Ross of the USA smashes a shot past the team from Uganda during the VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International at Horse Guards Parade on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

US April Ross (R) spikes the ball against Ilka Semmler of Germany (C) during the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome's Foro Italico on June 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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