Stacy Sykora in serious condition

Updated: April 14, 2011, 4:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- U.S. Olympic volleyball player Stacy Sykora is in intensive care with a head injury after the bus carrying her Brazilian team crashed on its way to a match.

Doctors in Sao Paulo said Thursday that Sykora is in serious but stable condition because of bleeding on the left side of her brain. She will not need surgery but has undergone a procedure to reduce swelling on her brain.

Sykora, of Burleson, Texas, was a member of the U.S. silver medal-winning team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Sirio Libanes hospital is not officially releasing information on her condition because it is awaiting authorization from Sykora's relatives.

Sykora cut her face and passed out in the Tuesday night crash. The bus overturned near the gymnasium where her team, Volei Futuro, was to play a semifinal match in the Brazilian league.

The bus driver apparently lost control in the rain, and several players had minor injuries. A team videographer broke his left arm. Authorities were investigating the causes of the crash.

USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said Wednesday that he expected "a full recovery by Stacy and her Brazilian pro teammates."

Sykora has competed on three U.S. Olympic teams. Beal called Stacy "an iconic member" of the national team and "a key member of the team as it competes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games."

U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said he believed "Stacy is receiving quality medical treatment" in Brazil.

Volei Futuro spokeswoman Suelen Cristina Ferreira said the team was in contact with Sykora's relatives to try to expedite their arrival in Sao Paulo.


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