April Ross is gearing up for another crack at Olympic gold next summer in Rio. Ross won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London with partner Jennifer Kessy. This time Ross will be teaming with Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time gold medalist. In the meantime, Ross is competing on the AVP circuit and just won the Manhattan Beach Open with Jennifer Fopma. The 6-1 USC alum took some time from her training to share pointers with us on developing skills for the sand game and the importance of being smart about playing in the hot sun. The learning curve on the volleyball techniques is even steeper than you might suspect.

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