April Chapple-Zanella
Born: 12/21/63
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Currently: Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5'11"
College: Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville
Seasons Played: 1st Season

Career Highlights

  • Chapple-Zanella is entering her first season on the BVA Tour.
  • Was on the USA National Team in 1985.
  • Played on the Major League Volleyball team, the New York Liberties, and was a first round draft pick and made first team All-Pro 1987-1989.
  • She was the first black pro beach volleyball player in the United States.
  • Won the Italian Beach Volleyball Championship in 1992-1993.
  • Played in the Italian Professional Volleyball League for 10 years.
  • Played on the Budlight Pro Beach Four-Person Tour.
  • In 1993, she was First Team All Pro and named Most Valuable Left Side Hitter for Team Champion on the Budlight Four-Person Tour.


  • Played her collegiate volleyball at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
  • Was a three-time All-American.
  • Named MVP of the Southeastern Conference.
  • Named to the All-NCAA Southern Conference Team in 1982 and 1983.


  • Currently plays a trauma nurse on the NBC television show, ER.
  • She is an international award winning photographer.
  • Produced the Italian TV show -- Volley More Volley.
  • Is the Founder/CEO of the ACE Volleyball Camp Experience, where Olympians and elite players conduct three-day volleyball clinics at California high schools.
  • Author of Volleyball Voices, which highlights the biographies of 25 of the top female volleyball players in USA history.
  • Speaks fluent Italian.

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