“Competing with USA on my back is always an honor, but to do it at the Olympics on the biggest stage and in a city with such a rich beach volleyball tradition is truly a dream come true,” Fendrick told USA Volleyball. “I feel honored and privileged to get to compete for my country.”
The duo is one of two U.S. women’s teams heading to Rio: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross going as the top U.S. team.
Fendrick played in 127 matches for the UCLA women’s indoor volleyball team from 1999 to 2002 and is 18th in program history in kills (1,356) and ninth in total attacks (3,710). She led the Bruins in kills her last two seasons and was a three-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention. She made the jump to the beach immediately after her collegiate career.
A few big recruits in the class of 2017 released their top college choices Saturday and UCLA was a popular school among them.
The big fish of the group is five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Episcopal, Bellaire, Texas). The 6-foot-4, 329-pound rising senior is the top recruit in the state of Texas, the top defensive tackle in the nation, and third overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. Rivals has him as the No. 1 recruit in the nation.
Four more UCLA players went off the MLB Draft board on Saturday: infielder Luke Persico (352nd pick, 12 round, Oakland Athletics), outfielders Eric Filia (587th pick, 20th round, Seattle Mariners), Kort Peterson (703rd pick, 23rd round, Kansas City Royals) and Christoph Bono (1,115th pock, 37th round, San Francisco Giants).
Note: As the school year winds down, we’ll spend time looking back on some of the most memorable moments of the 2015-16 season for UCLA athletics.
May 29, 2016: Softball stuns Oregon to advance to Women’s College World Series
UCLA players and team members gather around home plate as the team celebrates the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings against Oregon in the first game of the day in the NCAA softball tournament super regional Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)
Dyer was the third player with UCLA ties drafted by the Phillies in the first two days of the draft. The Phillies selected two UCLA commits on Thursday: Mickey Moniak (first pick, first round) and Kevin Gowdy (42nd pick, second round).
Blake Rutherford, another UCLA commit, was drafted by the Yankees on Thursday with the 18th pick in the first round.