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US volleyball star Destinee Hooker making impact in first Olympics

Updated: July 30, 2012, 4:36 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- A day before the opening ceremony at the London Games, Ricky Hooker sent a note to his daughter Destinee.

It was time to go to work.

"The blessing is I see you as a little girl that has grown up into a beautiful young warrior," the note read. "This is the time to put on your lunch pail and play the matches with your heart and soul."

Destinee Hooker, an opposite for the top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team, opened the Olympics with 21 points in a 3-1 victory over ...

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