April Ross will play beach volleyball in 2017 after all.
Ross had hoped to get pregnant this offseason, but those plans have changed, according to USA Volleyball and Ross’ agent.
Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings are planning to embark on their fourth full season together at the start of the FIVB World Tour calendar in February, Walsh Jennings’ agent said.
Ross, 34, said in September that if she didn’t get pregnant this offseason, she would try again next offseason, which would mean she would miss 2018, the only season in the cycle without a world championships or Olympics.
Ross and Walsh Jennings took bronze at the Rio Olympics, getting upset by Brazil’s No. 2 team, Agatha and Barbara, in the semifinals and beating Brazil’s top team, Larissa and Talita, in the bronze-medal match.
Something Ross and Walsh Jennings can work toward in 2017 are the world championships in Vienna, Austria, in July and August.
They fell in the round of 16 in their only other worlds appearance in 2015, when Walsh Jennings was playing for the first time since dislocating her right shoulder the month prior.
Walsh Jennings won three straight world titles with Misty May-Treanor in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Ross won the next world title with Jennifer Kessy in 2009. No U.S. men’s or women’s pair has won a world title since.Follow @nzaccardi