COAST CITIES — Carlsbad native Summer Ross has been named USA Beach Volleyball’s Female Athlete of the Year.
The award is only given to one female adult or minor in the entire country and is a huge accomplishment for the 17-year-old. Ross won gold medals for both the 19-and-under, and 21-and-under Junior World Championships in 2010.
Ross has also had several top 10 finishes on the adult AVP pro beach tour. She still maintains the record for the youngest player to ever qualify for a professional beach event.
Ross first started playing school volleyball at Aviara Oaks Middle School through the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Middle School Sports Program. She then went on to play for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Coast Volleyball Club on teams that were ranked in the top five in the nation. Ross will attend the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship this spring.
“This award is a major accomplishment for Summer at such a young age. We are extremely proud to hear past members of the Club are doing so well,” said Keith Padgett, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “We wish Summer the best of luck with her volleyball career.”