Kerri Walsh Jennings

Kerri Walsh Jennings

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Kerri Walsh Jennings is a professional beach volleyball player from the United States. Moreover, Kerri Walsh Jennings is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. In addition, Misty May-Treanor has been her competing partner for a long time.

Early life

Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings best known as Kerri Walsh Jennings was born on 15th August 1978, in Santa Clara, California, the United States of America. As of now, she is 43 years old and she is a citizen of America. Moreover, she has a zodiac sign of Leo and her ethnicity is unknown. She is also nicknamed Six Feet of Sunshine.

In addition, she is the daughter of Timothy Joseph Walsh (father) and Margery Lee (mother).  Additionally, she has three siblings, two sisters whose names are KC Walsh, and Kelli Walsh, and a brother, Marte Walsh.

Educational background

Talking about her academic career, she studied at the Archbishop Mitty High School by competing in the basketball and volleyball groups. In the years 1993 to 1995, her high school volleyball team won three state championships with her as the captain.

In high school, she also played basketball and led her team to the state championship in 1995. She was also named Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year for the first time in 1996 when the award was first given. Misty May-Treanor, her future beach volleyball partner, was a classmate of hers in secondary school.

College career

Kerri Walsh Jennings received a volleyball scholarship at Stanford University and was named first-team All-American four years in a row. She is only the second player in the history of university volleyball to be selected in the first group each of her four years on the team. Her  University volleyball team won 90 percent of their games while at Stanford, recording a 122-11 record.

Kerri was named MVP of the Final Four in 1996, and she was also named Co-National Player of the Year in 1999. She was also the first player in PAC-10 history to amass over 1,500 kills, 1,200 digs, and 500 blocks. Moreover, she is regarded as one of the best all-around players in the history of university volleyball. She also graduated with a B.A. in American studies from Stanford University in 2001.

Professional career

Kerri Walsh plays beach volleyball on the U.S. AVP Tour and worldwide on the FIVB World Tour. For most of her career, she partnered with Misty May-Treanor, creating some of the best beach partnerships in AVP history. In 2001, May and Kerri formed a partnership on the beachfront circuit, finishing the season as the world’s number five.

Similarly, the group’s dedication and good team effort helped them to the top spot in 2002. In 2003, they continued their dominating game, winning each of the eight competitions they entered. They also won the world title, with a success over defending champion Brazil in the final.

Kerri and May-Treanor stretched out a series of wins to 112 matches in 2008. Moreover, she collaborated with her new partner April Ross after the retirement of May- Treanor in 2012. She also won the FIVD Grand Slam in Xiamen, China. In addition, she and her partner Ross won over the Brazilian pair of Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes.

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Caption: Kerri Walsh Jennings playing volleyball for US women’s beach volleyball team (Source: USA Today)

World Tour

The partnership between Kerri and Rose won every three matches held by the FIVB beach volleyball world tour at the California Grand Slam in Long Beach. In 2016, the pair won the gold medal with a victory over the Spanish team. In 2017, Kerri did not sign another agreement with AVP due to conflicts with the association, and Rose re-endorsed with the AVP.

Due to that, their partnership ended. Moreover, Kerri started the partnership with Nicole Branagh, with whom she played previously in 2010. She announced that she would be partnering with Brooke Sweat in October 2018 in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Games in 2020. They also won the world title, with a success over defending champion Brazil in the final.

Olympic Appearances

She has had a remarkable career, winning three gold medals and one bronze in the Olympics. She appeared in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, finishing in fourth place. In e 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Kerri and May-Treanor won the gold medal. When they defeated the Chinese group in the final match on August 21, 2008, the pair became Olympic gold medalists once again.

Unfortunately, because of the home rule, the duo came in second place, while the Chinese team took first. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the pair once again prove that they are the best and won the gold medal in three consecutive Olympiads. In the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she collaborated with April Ross and won the bronze medal.

TV show appearances

In February 2006, Kerri appeared alongside other volleyball players in a scene from CSI: Miami. Every Sunday, she conducts a one-hour public broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction 28 station. She also makes an appearance on the Game Show Network’s Extreme Dodgeball. She was a member of the Detroit Spoilers, who failed to win any of their ten games. In August 2009, she appeared on the show Shaq Vs. alongside her volleyball partner Misty May-Treanor. She was featured in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue, including photos taken before and after she gave birth to her third child.

Moreover, she later appeared in Hells Kitchen’s twelfth phase, where she presented the group challenge champion with a personal volleyball illustration. She Jennings and her better half were on the television show Celebrity Wife Swap in 2015. Similarly, Kerri was switched with Tami Roman from the TV show Basketball Wives on the wife swap show.

Charity

With a desire to focus on the existence of children, she founded her philanthropic organization, “Chase the Stars,” in 2004. Her organization collaborates with the “Good Tidings Foundations,” which supports children’s artistic expressions, training, and sports in underserved communities.

In 2019, she donated $25,000 to Starlings Volleyball in the United States, in collaboration with Dicks Outdoor Supplies. Significantly, the organization assists at-risk young women through the sport of volleyball. Kerri has also donated money to organizations such as the Colorado Springs Foundation.

Awards and Net Worth

AVP Best Offensive Player, AVP Most Valuable Player, FIVB Best Blocker, AVP Crocs Cup Champion, FIVB Best Hitter, and FIVB Sportsperson are some of the awards and honors which she earns from her career.

Talking about her net worth, her net worth estimates at around $6 million. She also makes some money from brand endorsements deals.

Relationship Status

She married Casey Jennings in 2004. Moreover, Casey is also a United States men’s beach volleyball player. The couple first met back in 2001 during the early periods of their professional volleyball professions.

The couple has three children together, two sons and one daughter named Joseph Michael Jennings, Sundance Thomas Jennings, and daughter Scout Margery. Kerri is not a part of controversy and rumor, moreover, she is focused on her career and personal life.

Body measurements and Social media

She stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 71 kg. Moreover, she has blue eyes with blonde hair color.

On her Instagram page, there are more than 245k followers and there are more than 317k followers. And there are more than 167.3k  on his Twitter.

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