Law Grad Seeks Spot on US Olympic Beach Volleyball Team


Lauren Fendrick discusses a call with the referee
at the AVP Huntington Beach Open on May 23, 2009
in Huntington Beach, Calif. Photo Works /

Lauren Fendrick, a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and her partner, Brooke Hanson, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and majored in law, are competing for a spot to play for Olympic gold in London this summer.

Fendrick and Hanson, who are the 10th-ranked women’s beach volleyball duo in the world, will demonstrate their prowess on a sand court this weekend against other elite teams at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Miami Herald reports.

Although they face tough competition from Olympic gold medal winners Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, currently ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world, and April Ross and Jen Kessy, ranked fifth in the world, the women have vowed to stay together and continue to fly all over the world to play against top athletes, including a possible bid for the 2016 Olympic games.

“Not many people get the opportunity to play volleyball at its highest level and also travel the world,” said Fendrick, 30, who also told the Herald of her aspirations to become a law professor when she is done playing. “The law will still be there when I’m too old and decrepit to still play.”

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