Five-time U.S. Olympic volleyball player Danielle Scott was seriously hurt after being stabbed, while her sister was fatally stabbed, allegedly by her separated husband on Sunday, according to USA Volleyball and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.
Scott was stabbed in her legs and both hands while trying to help her sister, Stefanie Vallery, from the altercation, according to USA Volleyball. Tayyiba Haneef-Park, one of Scott’s Olympic teammates, started a Gofundme page for the family.
Police said Monday they were looking for Vallery’s husband, Michael, from whom she had separated.
Scott “is a selfless and inspirational woman,” Park wrote. “In her attempt to protect her sister from attack, she was critically wounded in the thigh and hands. She underwent surgery and will have a long road to full recovery ahead of her.”
Scott, a two-time Olympic silver medalist middle blocker, retired from the national team after becoming the oldest female Olympic volleyball player in history at the 2012 London Games as a 39-year-old mom. She spent the better part of two decades with the national team and was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2016.
At age 45, Scott was a player/coach in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships Open Division in the spring.
“USA Volleyball sends our strength, love and support to Danielle and her family,” USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this heinous incident yet so proud of Danielle’s incredible bravery and wish her a speedy recovery.”