Hooker named Volleyball Honda Award nominee
Dec. 17, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker has been named a nominee for the 2009-10 Volleyball Honda Award, becoming the first two-time nominee in program history after earning a nomination in 2008-09.
Hooker headlined the Longhorns offense in 2009 leading UT to a 28-1 record, its third straight Big 12 Championship and its second-straight trip to the NCAA Semifinals.
The other nominees are California's Hana Cutura and Penn State's Megan Hodge and Alisha Glass.
The San Antonio, Texas, native garnered AVCA All-America First Team, AVCA All-Central Region First Team and All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2009. She also earned NCAA Omaha Regional Most Outstanding Player honors.
Hooker's 5.99 points per-set rank No. 1 in the NCAA, while her 4.95 kills per-set ranks fifth nationally. The senior is hitting .362 on the season, ranking second in the Big 12 and tops among all outside hitters.
Now in its 34th year, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program recognizes annually the top woman collegiate athlete in each of 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, each of whom receives the Honda Sports Award.
In addition, each year a single athlete from the group of 12 Honda Sports Award winners is chosen as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and is presented with the Honda-Broderick Cup.
Three Longhorns have previously been nominated for the volleyball honor with Katy Jameyson (1993-94) and Demetria Sance (1998-99) earning nominations and Sally Schlobohm (1981-82) winning the award. Kamie Ethridge (1985-86 women's basketball) and Jill Sterkel (1980-81 swimming) are the only two Texas athletes to win the Honda-Broderick Cup award for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university and the winner's program will receive $5,000.