U.S. Olympian and world silver medalist Lauren Fendrick is taking one of the longest breaks of her 16-year beach volleyball career, and for celebratory reason. She’s pregnant, due for a girl May 22.
Fendrick and husband Andrew Fuller surprised the Stanford beach volleyball team that she helps coach with the news, sharing the video on her social media last week.
Fendrick, 36, said she plans to return to competition as soon as possible — in the middle of the 21-month Olympic qualifying window — training and practicing throughout her pregnancy. Her Rio Olympic partner, Brooke Sweat, is now with triple Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Fendrick played with six different women this year. In 2017, she and two-time Olympic medalist April Ross made the world championships final, taking Rio gold medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany to three sets.
Ross is now with Alix Klineman, who along with Summer Ross and Sara Hughes are the (very early) favorites to be the U.S.’ two teams to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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