Kerri Walsh Jennings Biography

Career Highlights

  • 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball (2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings is a 4-time Olympian: before moving her game to the beach, she was a member of the Women's Indoor National Team that placed fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
  • She currently holds the all-time record for career tournament victories by a female beach volleyball player, with 113 career wins.
  • She is the second volleyball player in NCAA history to be named a four-time First-Team All-American.


Background

Kerri Walsh Jennings was born on August 15, 1978 in Santa Clara, CA. Her father, Tim, played minor league baseball with the Oakland A’s and semi-pro basketball. Her mother, Margie, was a two-time Most Valuable Player in volleyball at Santa Clara University. Kerri is the second of four, with one older brother, Marte, and two younger sisters, Kelli and KC.

Kerri graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California before attending Stanford University. During her time playing for the Cardinal, Kerri became the second volleyball player in NCAA history to be named a four-time First-Team All American. In 1999, Kerri joined the United States Women’s Indoor National Team and was named to the 2000 Olympic Team which finished fourth in Sydney.

After graduating from Stanford in 2001, Kerri moved her game to the beach and partnered with Misty May-Treanor. The duo went on to be considered the greatest beach volleyball team of all time, winning three straight Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012). In route to their three Olympic gold medals, the pair won 21 consecutive Olympic matches (only losing one set to Austria in 2012) during their 11-year run together. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor also won three straight World Championships (2005, 2007, 2009).

In 2013, Kerri surpassed former partner Misty May-Treanor, and set the all-time record for tournament victories by a women’s beach player with 113 wins.

Kerri is married to fellow American beach volleyball player Casey Jennings. The couple has three children, sons Joseph (2009) and Sundance (2010) and daughter Scout (2013).

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ASICS America welcomes three-time Olympic beach volleyball player, Kerri Walsh Jennings, to its growing team of elite athletes. Her inspiring spirit and determination for the sport make her a significant addition to the ASICS athlete family. A fearless competitor on the court, Kerri was most recently recognized for her gold medal win at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games alongside partner Misty May-Treanor and her outstanding performance with new partner, April Ross at the FIVB Xiamen Grand Slam competition in October.

ASICS America welcomes three-time Olympic beach volleyball player, Kerri Walsh Jennings, to its growing team of elite athletes. Her inspiring spirit and determination for the sport make her a significant addition to the ASICS athlete family. A fearless competitor on the court, Kerri was most recently recognized for her gold medal win at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games alongside partner Misty May-Treanor and her outstanding performance with new partner, April Ross at the FIVB Xiamen Grand Slam competition in October.

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Accolades

  • AVP Best Offensive Player (1): 2003
  • AVP Crocs Cup Champion (3): 2006-2008 (all with Misty May-Treanor)
  • AVP Most Valuable Player (2): 2003-2004
  • AVP Team of the Year (6): 2003-2008 (all with Misty May-Treanor)
  • AVP Best Defensive Player (Blocker) (1): 2008
  • FIVB Best Blocker (4): 2005-2008
  • FIVB Best Hitter (3): 2005-2007
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player (1): 2007
  • FIVB Most Outstanding (1): 2007
  • FIVB Sportsperson (4): 2005-2008
  • FIVB Tour Champion (1): 2002 (Misty May-Treanor)
  • Sportswoman of the Year Award (2): 2004 and 2006 (with Misty May-Treanor)


Olympic Games

  • Gold 2004 Athens, Beach Volleyball
  • Gold 2008 Beijing, Beach Volleyball
  • Gold 2012 London, Beach Volleyball


World Championships

  • Gold 2003 Rio de Janeiro, Beach Volleyball
  • Gold 2005 Berlin, Beach Volleyball
  • Gold 2007 Gstaad, Beach Volleyball
  • Silver 2011 Rome, Beach Volleyball

 


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ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball

22nd Jul 2014 / Long Beach, CA

This unprecedented event is bringing the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together in a way that’s never been seen in the world of professional sports. Sanctioned by FIVB, the sport’s international governing body, the ASICS ...

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