Lyssi Brewer has successful surgery

Alyssia Brewer

Lady Vol junior forward Alyssia Brewer had surgery Friday to repair a tear to her Achilles tendon that was injured in an off-the-court incident when a candle base broke in her off-campus apartment.

The injury occurred last month on Aug. 19 - the day individual workouts began - and Alyssia Brewer was held out of the early sessions after getting stitches on the back of her lower left leg from the cut.

Brewer, a 6'3 junior forward from Sapulpa, Okla., tried to return to the court on a limited basis but was unable to complete an hour-long session because of discomfort. She was completely held off the court this week and was on crutches Thursday. The injury initially did not seem to be serious - she needed just four stitches - but it became progressively bothersome. The skin on the Achilles tendon is very thin and can be slow to heal.

Jenny Moshak, the Lady Vols' chief of sports medicine, announced Friday afternoon that Brewer had undergone successful Achilles tendon surgery and would start rehab in two weeks.

"Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopedists, performed surgery on Lyssi's left Achilles tendon this afternoon," said Moshak. "The surgery repaired a tear to her Achilles as a result of her non-athletically related mishap."

According to a press release from Lady Vols Media Relations, "Brewer suffered the freakish non-athletically related injury on August 19 when a candle base broke on the floor in her apartment and a shard of glass cut her leg."

According to Moshak, Brewer's surgery went well and "I anticipate that Lyssi should be able to return to the court this season."

Brewer was the 2010 SEC Sixth Woman of the Year and MVP of the SEC Tournament. She averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game in the 2009-10 season.

"The unexpected injury Lyssi suffered is really unfortunate for both Lyssi and our team," Head Coach Pat Summitt said. "She really worked hard in the off-season and we were hopeful that she could build on the momentum she generated at the end of the 2010 season. This is a tough setback for all of us."

The Lady Vols completed individual workouts on Friday with one afternoon session consisting of posts Faith Dupree and Glory Johnson and guards Kamiko Williams and Meighan Simmons.

Tennessee will switch late next week to a two-hour full team workout, as allowed by NCAA rules, with an available roster of 13 now that Brewer is unable to take the court.

The coaches will be able to glean more information about the team when the players can take the court as a whole, instead of in small groups of four or less.

RECRUIT VISIT: Kiah Stokes, a top post prospect in the class of 2011, watched the workout Friday in Pratt Pavilion with her parents, Julie Saddler and Greg Stokes.

Stokes, a 6'3 center from Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, is on her official visit to Tennessee. Her father was an All-American at Iowa and played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers. Kiah Stokes was the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 in the state of Iowa.

Tennessee has commitments from forward Cierra Burdick and guard Ariel Massengale and has one scholarship left for the class of 2011. The Lady Vols also are interested in posts Elizabeth Williams, who is scheduled to take an official visit on Oct. 15, and Isabelle Harrison.

SUMMITT SUPPORT: Pat Summitt briefly left Friday's workout to attend the press conference on campus in which Tennessee announced its self-imposed sanctions because of recruiting violations involving Bruce Pearl and his Vols basketball staff.

Summitt was there in support of the Vols and declined comment.

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