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Honors get bigger and bigger for Hankoff

What a sendoff for college.

Recent South Tahoe High graduate Adrian Hankoff concluded her club volleyball career by helping Gold Trail to a runner-up finish at the U.S. Junior Nationals last week in New Orleans.

“I was kind of getting burned out on the club season, but the college season I’m looking forward to,” said Hankoff, who will play on scholarship at Washington State this fall.

Hankoff was also selected to the 12-player Junior National all-tournament team.

Gold Trail lost to Alamo of San Antonio, Texas, in the final, 15-10, 15-6.

“It was kind of disappointing because we beat this team the day before. It was the worst match we played all week. We just got off to a bad start and couldn’t really get it back,” Hankoff said.

Hankoff said the highlight of the tournament was playing against future Cougar teammate Holly Harris with WSU coach Cindy Fredrick watching in the stands.

“We both played our best game of the tournament, and it was kind of cool because our coach was there watching us,” Hankoff said.

Hankoff will attend a camp next week on the WSU campus in Pullman and begin practice Aug. 8. The two-time Northern Nevada League MVP is confident she can make an immediate impact with the Cougars.

“I am pretty optimistic that I’ll get to play … not so much to start, but I know I’ll have a chance to play,” she said.

During her career with Gold Trail, the club performed better each year at nationals. In 1997, the club finished 13th and was fifth last year.

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