2018-05-06 19:45:00 CET
The American Olympian will have shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the year
The reunion of Americans Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick didn’t last long. The Rio 2016 Olympians joined forces for the four-star World Tour event in Huntington Beach but they won’t have a future together as Sweat will miss the remainder of the season.
The 32-year-old defender, who won bronze in the Fort Lauderdale Major in March with Summer Ross, will have surgery on her rotator cuff on Monday and will miss the Beach Major Series events in Gstaad, Vienna and Hamburg during the summer.
In Huntington Beach, Sweat and Fendrick finished in fifth place after they were eliminated by Sara Hughes and Summer Ross.
“I am proud of how we fought through the tournament,” Sweat told USA Volleyball. “I definitely know we could have done better, so it hurts right now. I was just excited to get out here and play one more time because my season is finished.”
Sweat’s injury will leave Fendrick, a silver medalist in the 2017 World Championships, without a partner again. The blocker has had a handful of temporary partners lately, such as Nicole Branagh, Karissa Cook and Sweat, but she feels ready to a long-term commitment moving forward.
“It was really fun being back on the court with Brooke,” Fendrick added. "I love playing with her and getting back on the court and it was fun being in front of a home crowd and family and friends. Now I have to figure out another partner for the season. Hopefully this one will be long-term, this one will stick.”
We wish you a good recover, Brooke! Can’t wait to see you back in the courts!