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NCAA high jump champ Hooker hopes to make US Olympic volleyball team

1/22/2008

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' Destinee Hooker, the two-time defending
NCAA high jump champion, will skip track this season to train with
the U.S. women's national volleyball team before the Olympics.


Hooker is a standout hitter on the Texas volleyball team that
advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. She and
volleyball teammates Juliann Faucette and Lauren Paolini were among
a group invited to train with Team USA and compete for a spot on
the roster for international play.


Hooker won the NCAA outdoor high jump as a freshman and
sophomore. She will have two years of track eligibility when she
returns to UT.


"I will definitely miss the track competition this spring, but
I am looking forward to a great opportunity that I have ahead of me
with USA Volleyball," Hooker said Monday. "I am giving up a major
part of me by taking a year off from track to play volleyball."