Texas' Destinee Hooker proudly displays her "Big 12 Champions" t-shirt after the Longhorns clinched a conference championship with a win over Kansas at Gregory Gym on Nov. 28, 2009. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman)

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Black History Month at Texas: Destinee Hooker

Posted February 18th, 2020

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Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about two-sport star Destinee Hooker.

Who is the greatest volleyball player in UT’s history? From 2006-09, Hooker certainly made her case. A three-time All-American and the Big 12’s player of the year in 2009, Hooker led Texas to the NCAA title match during her senior year.

Hooker 1,821 kills rank third all-time at Texas. Her .326 hitting percentage, which is the seventh-best rate in school history, was better than the two Longhorns who recorded more career kills. Only three players at Texas had more solo blocks than Hooker, a 6-4 outside hitter who stuffed 132 shots by herself.

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Hooker was also a standout in track and field. In 2006, 2007 and 2009, she won the NCAA’s outdoor title in the high jump. Hooker became an indoor champion in the high jump in 2009, and her clearance of 1.98 meters is still an NCAA record.

Hooker won a silver medal with the United States’ volleyball team at the 2012 Olympics. Texas inducted her into its Hall of Honor in 2015.

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