Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross Pair Up for 2017

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Brooke Sweat announced on Instagram that she and Summer Ross will partner up for the 2017 beach season. 

"THIS. IS. HAPPENING!! And I'm so excited!" Sweat wrote in an Instagram post. 

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Sweat played with Lauren Fendrick from 2014 to 2016, and the duo qualified for the 2016 Olympics. After a disappointing finish in Rio, Fendrick, and Sweat went their separate ways. 

A speedy and smart defender, Sweat should be a good match for Ross, who in addition to being a great blocker and offensive player is a fantastic hand setter, which should make Sweat's life much easier. 

Ross played with Emily Day in 2013 and 2014 before beginning a new partnership with Lane Carico in 2015. The 24-year-old Ross, who played collegiately at Washington and Pepperdine, won one AVP title with each of the aforementioned former partners. 

Other new beach partnerships have been announced in the offseason, including Jake Gibb picking up Taylor Crabb, Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner testing the waters, and Sean Rosenthal partnering with Trevor Crabb. With the recent announcement from Kerri Walsh Jennings that she will pursue qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and April Ross' decision not to take the 2017 season off, we will likely see that duo back on the beach sooner rather than later.

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