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Jennifer Kessy:
 
Jennifer Kessy
United States  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Ken Delgado
Birth Date July 31, 1977 (36 years old)
Home Town San Juan Capistrano, CA
Resides San Clemente, CA
Height 6'0"
College Southern California
Web Site www.kessyross.com
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (18 times) $725,385
   AVP 1st (14 times) $647,353
   AVP HWN* 1st (2 times) $34,875
   BVA 9th $2,157
   NVL 1st (2 times) $13,750
   P&R 1st $5,000
   Pro Beach 1st $11,250
   Wide Open 3rd $3,500
   Bonus Money   $7,500
International 1st (11 times) $659,100
   FIVB 1st (10 times) $656,300
   FIVB C&S 1st $2,800
Overall 1st (29 times) $1,384,485
 
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Kessy was ranked in the AVP's top 11 in each of the seven years from 2004-2010.
Kessy and Ross were the only U.S. tandem to win an FIVB event in 2009 (compared to four different American partnerships winning an event in 2008).
 In Chicago 2009 Kessy and Ross became just the sixth team worldwide to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings as a partnership.
 In 2009 Kessy and Ross had a 16-3 record in semifinal matches (9-2 AVP, 7-1 FIVB).
 From October 2008 through the 2010 Moscow Grand Slam, Kessy and Ross played for a medal in 17 of their 20 FIVB events (winning seven golds, six silvers, three bronzes in that span).
 Kessy surpassed $1 million in career earnings in Gstaad in 2010, becoming the eighth woman (and sixth American) to do so.

2012: In the first seven FIVB events, the duo had a best of third once. In the 2012 London Olympics, Kessy and Ross won a silver medal. The pair ended the season with a win in Thailand, and again finished fourth in terms of season points. In three domestic events on two different tours, they won all three times.
2011: In the FIVB season opener in Brasilia, Kessy and Ross overcame a first-round loss to win a bronze medal, while in Shanghai the duo rebounded from a second-round loss to win a silver medal. They played in the test event in London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, placing second. In the World Championships in Rome, Kessy and Ross placed fifth. For the year, the duo advanced to the semifinals in 7 of their 14 events, winning a medal each time including gold in the Stavanger Grand Slam. Kessy and Ross ended as the fourth-ranked team on the FIVB Tour. Domestically, they played in four events on three different tours, winning twice.
2010: Kessy and Ross began the AVP season with a third and then a fifth in Santa Barbara, ending a streak of 21 straight AVP events advancing to the semifinals. They then won the next four domestic events, and the victory in Huntington Beach gave Kessy her first career title in Southern California. Kessy and Ross completed the AVP season with a 31-4 record, having won 24 of their last 25 matches. The duo played for a medal in each of the first five FIVB events, extending their streak to eight straight FIVB events playing for a medal, and collected two wins, before placing ninth in Stavanger. They failed to win a medal in eight straight events leading up to Sanya, where they placed third. 
2009: Kessy and Ross appeared in the finals of nine of their 10 regular season AVP events, winning four times. Their win in Houston marked their first AVP title together after going 0-9 in title matches domestically. In Mason the duo extended their streak to 19 consecutive semifinals on the AVP. Kessy won the individual event on the AVP Tour for the second consecutive season. Kessy ended the year third in hitting percentage (.483) and sixth in kills per game (6.98). On the FIVB Tour the duo won the World Championships in Stavanger, Norway, marking the fourth straight time a team from the USA has won that title. In Gstaad the pair finished fifth, ending a streak of 20 consecutive tournaments (AVP and FIVB) in the semifinals and six straight FIVB gold medal match appearances. Kessy and Ross also won in Marseille as well as the season finale in Phuket, increasing their total to nine medals earned in 12 events during the season.
2008: Kessy and Ross were in the semifinals in all but one AVP event, including five championship matches, ending as the third-ranked team on Tour. In the season-ending Best of the Beach competition, Kessy won her first title in the individual format tournament, playing with Kerri Walsh in the finals. That tournament pushed her into the top 10 in domestic earnings all-time. Internationally, Kessy and Ross just missed qualifying for the Beijing Olympics, finishing seventh in the world rankings but as the third American team. Kessy and Ross ended the FIVB season with a second place finish followed by victories on consecutive weekends.
2007: Kicked off her new partnership with April Ross with a second-place finish in the season opener in Miami. The pair advanced to five additional semifinals, including another championship match. In Hermosa Beach they defeated Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the winner's bracket, marking just the third time that duo had lost on the AVP Tour prior to the semifinals. On the FIVB Tour, their first event ended with a loss in the country qualifier. The next week, in the Stavanger Grand Slam, they became the lowest seeded team (29th) to win an FIVB event. After winning their country quota match and a pair of qualifier matches, they overcame two early pool play losses and won six straight matches to capture the title.
2006: Played for the first time with Nancy Mason domestically, and the duo reached the championship match in their first two events. In the next eight events they advanced to the semifinals three times, and Kessy teamed with Rachel Wacholder for the remainder of the season. In five tournaments with Wacholder, they had four semifinal appearances including two finals. Kessy ended sixth in hitting percentage (.438) and eighth in blocks per game (.81). Internationally, Kessy had a best of 13th in eight events with the two different partners.
2005:
Began playing with Holly McPeak, and the duo reached the semifinals in 11 of 13 events including two championship matches, ending as the third-ranked team on the AVP Tour. In the Goddess of the Beach event, Kessy was chosen by Rachel Wacholder as a partner in the finals. Kessy ended the year ranked second on the Tour in blocks per game (1.03). Internationally, Kessy and McPeak played in four events, with a best of seventh in the Klagenfurt Grand Slam despite suffering a first-round defeat. Kessy and Nancy Mason competed four times on the FIVB Tour, with three fifth-place finishes and a semifinal appearance in Acapulco after advancing from the qualifier.
2004: Playing with Fontana, Kessy advanced to four semifinals, including her first championship match (in Huntington Beach). Additionally, her five fifth-place finishes helped her to a top-10 ranking and the Most Improved Player award. Ranked third on the Tour in blocks per game (.99).
2003: Played most of the season with Jenny Pavley before partnering with Barbra Fontana. In seven events, she finished lower than her previous career best, ninth, just once. On the year she lost just one match to a team seeded lower, while logging three upset victories en route to her first top 20 season in terms of points.
2002:
Equaled her career best of ninth domestically two times in six AVP events.
2001: Again played five domestic events, with three ninths, and twice played overseas, winning an FIVB Challenger event in Thailand with Heather Lowe.
2000: Began her pro beach career with five domestic events, with a best of ninth, and three international tournaments. 

Olympics:
In the 2012 London Olympics Kess qualified with April Ross as the fourth-seeded team. The duo went undefeated in pool play, then won three matches to reach the finals, losing to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in winning the Silver Medal.

College: Kessy graduated from USC with a degree in history and was a member of the volleyball team for all four years (1995-1998). She was named All-District in 1997, All-American in 1998 and earned All-PAC 10 selection 1995-1998. Kessy was also a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. She played indoors professionally for the Chicago Thunder in 2002 and in Puerto Rico in 2003.

Personal: Kessy was born and raised in Orange County alongside her brothers Ryan and Travis. In March 2013 she married French pro beach volleyball player Andy Ces.

 
 
Awards
 
  • AVP Most Improved Player 2004
  • AVP Team of the Year 2013 (April Ross)
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 21st 25th 29th 33rd 37th 41st CQ
2000 BVA 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $2,157.00 76.0 49th 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2001 AVP 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 $3,535.00 270.0 20th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 BVA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 8.0 51st 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 AVP 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 $3,680.00 368.0 23rd 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 AVP 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 $6,900.00 579.0 19th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AVP 12 0 1 3 0 5 2 1 $32,912.50 1,309.0 9th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 AVP 14 0 2 9 0 0 3 0 $80,650.00 1,955.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 AVP 16 0 4 5 0 4 2 0 $76,850.00 2,031.0 7th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 AVP 16 0 2 4 0 6 4 0 $73,525.00 1,890.0 11th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP HWN* 7 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 $19,250.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 21st 25th 29th 33rd 37th 41st CQ
2008 AVP 13 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 $125,250.00 2,124.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP HWN* 5 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 $15,625.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP 12 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 $141,050.00 3,370.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 AVP 6 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 $47,750.00 1,995.0 3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 P&R 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $5,000.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Pro Beach 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 $11,250.00 648.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 NVL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $10,000.00 375.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Wide Open 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $3,500.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 AVP 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 $33,750.00 3,750.0 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 NVL 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,750.00 200.0   1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 21st 25th 29th 33rd 37th 41st CQ
2013 AVP 6 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 $29,000.00 1,382.5 8th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  139
(21st)
18
(16th)
20 34 0 17 13 11 $725,384.50
(5th)
22,330.5   7 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 21st 25th 29th 33rd 37th 41st CQ
2000 FIVB C&S 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $250.00 6.0   0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 FIVB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $750.00 29.0 138th 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2001 FIVB C&S 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $2,000.00 30.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 14.0 201st 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2002 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 9.0 193rd 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2004 FIVB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 9.0 180th 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
2005 FIVB 8 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 $30,875.00 723.0 38th 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2006 FIVB 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $15,100.00 540.0 74th 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2007 FIVB 8 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 $53,050.00 1,390.0 35th 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2008 FIVB 12 2 1 1 1 5 0 1 $87,300.00 2,650.0 4th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 21st 25th 29th 33rd 37th 41st CQ
2009 FIVB 12 3 4 2 0 1 0 1 $139,100.00 3,270.0 5th 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 FIVB 15 2 1 2 2 3 0 2 $106,675.00 3,070.0 7th 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 FIVB C&S 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 $550.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 FIVB 14 1 3 3 0 2 3 1 $115,500.00 3,270.0 9th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 FIVB 10 1 1 1 0 6 0 1 $69,100.00 2,180.0 7th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 FIVB 9 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 $38,850.00 1,890.0 30th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  105
(37th)
11
(15th)
12 10 5 23 4 12 $659,100.00
(14th)
19,080.0   2 12 0 5 0 4 1 1 2
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  244
(3rd)
29
(18th)
32 44 5 40 17 23 $1,384,484.50
(5th)
41,410.5   9 16 1 6 1 4 1 1 2
 
* AVP Hot Winter Nights events are exhibitions and only count for tournaments played and prize money won.
Red denotes ranked 1st
 

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