Hooker signs contract to play in Korea


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker has signed a professional contract to play for GS Caltex professional volleyball club in Seoul, Korea. Hooker has begun play with GS Caltex and in her first match she was named most valuable player.

"We are very excited for Destinee," head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "She had a tremendous four years here, learning the game and growing as a player. Now she is able to take the next step in an incredible volleyball community. I know she will continue to improve and I'm excited about the possibility of her competing for a U.S. roster spot for the 2012 Olympics."

In 2009, the San Antonio, Texas, native was named a Honda Award Finalist, AVCA All-America First Team, AVCA All-Central Region First Team and All-Big 12 First Team honors. She also earned NCAA Championship and NCAA Omaha Regional Most Outstanding Player honors.

Hooker's 6.09 points per-set ranked No. 1 in the NCAA, while her 5.06 kills per-set ranked fourth nationally. The senior hit .358 on the season, ranking second in the Big 12 and tops among all outside hitters.

Hooker will forgo her final season of track and field eligibility to pursue volleyball. On the track, Hooker claimed four individual national titles, six All-America honors and six individual Big 12 titles. She also set school and NCAA records in the indoor high jump (6-6, 1.98m) and tied the UT outdoor high jump record (6-4.75/1.95m).

courtesy Texas athletics

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