Kessy played for USC from 1995 to 1998, and was named an All-American her senior year. She was also named all PAC-10 all four years. She graduated with a degree in history.
Following graduation she started working towards a professional volleyball career, playing her first five AVP events in 2000 with a best finish of ninth place. She also played in two FIVB events.
Over the next seven years she continued to improve her game and try out new partners, advancing to her first seminfinal match in 2004 with Barbara Fontana. That same year she was named Most Improved Player on the AVP.
She had good success in 2005 and 2006 with with Nancy Mason, Rachel Wacholder and Holly McPeak, advancing to multiple final matches both domestically and on the FIVB circuit.
In 2007 Kessy teamed up with April Ross, a fellow USC Trojan, and her career really took off. Their first appearance saw them finish in second place in Miami, and they even managed to take down Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh in Hermosa Beach.
Out of 13 AVP events in 2008, Kess/Ross took five second-place finishes and six thirds. They also managed to bring home first place finishes in two FIVB events in Thailand and China.
By 2009 the pair had clearly become a force to be reckoned with, winning the FIVB World Championship in Stavanger as well as stops in France and Thailand. Closer to home the pair earned their first AVP championship in Houston, going on to take home four more titles that season. Kessy also won the Queen of the Beach title in Arizona.
Although they started 2010 finishing in third and fifth, the duo rebounded to win the next four AVP tournaments, including one in Huntington Beach. Already this year Kessy surpassed $1 million in career earnings, becoming the eighth woman (and sixth American) to do so.
Jennifer Kessy undoubtabely has more gold in her future, especially with the 2012 Olympics fast approaching.
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