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USA libero Sykora injured in accident
USA women's national team libero Stacy Sykora was injured in a bus accident on Tuesday evening when travelling with her Brazilian club Volei Futuro to compete in the first match of their Superliga semifinal play-off.
The 34-year-old is currently recovering in hospital under medical observation. No other players were injured, although team official Lucas Rodrigues required surgery on his arm following a fracture.
"USA Volleyball is aware of the situation involving Stacy Sykora and has reached out to her family members," USA Volleyball chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "USA Volleyball has also been in contact with the Brazil Volleyball Federation, the US consulate's office in Brazil and the Brazilian hospital for additional information on the situation.
"From what we have gathered, we expect a full recovery by Stacy and her Brazilian pro teammates. Stacy is an iconic member of our US women's national volleyball team and is one of our most engaging players with the fans. She is a key member of the team as it competes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games."
"On behalf of the US women's national team staff, I want to wish Stacy a full and speedy recovery – our thoughts are certainly with her," said Sykora's national coach, Hugh McCutcheon. "From our understanding, Stacy is receiving quality medical treatment and has the support of our USA Volleyball family, her Brazilian teammates, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation and her many fans in the US and around the world."
Sykora has competed for USA in the last three Summer Olympic Games and earned her first Olympic medal, a silver, in 2008. She helped her country win the FIVB World Grand Prix last year and was named Best Libero at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Japan.