Anchorage (KTUU) Every athlete has something that pushes them to the next level. You ask Morgan Hooe, she's adamant about what that is.
"My family," she says fiercely. "Absolutely my family. They are my fuel."
Hooe is a standout volleyball player, part of UAA teams that had deep runs in the NCAA Division II tournament, South Wolverine's teams that won state championships, and she's the daughter of one of the top volleyball coaches in the state, Virgil Hooe. But her life changed in an instant when her mother passed away in 2012 from ovarian cancer.
"Everything changed," she said quietly. "It changed my outlook on life, on volleyball. Truly living every moment for as best as I could."
Before that, she had considered going to college outside of Alaska.
After her mom's passing, she couldn't leave her dad.
"He leaned on me, I leaned on him.. and we both leaned on our coaches, at Midnight Sun," she said.
Midnight Sun, the competitive volleyball club that Virgil started and that helped put Alaska volleyball on the map, is where Morgan learned everything she knows.
"I don't ever remember choosing volleyball," she said with a grin. "It just happened."
Now the Club Director for Midnight Sun, all she wants to do is give back to the sport that gave her everything, especially during the hardest time of her life.
"We're the underdogs," she said as she explains what Alaska volleyball is. "I just want to give back when this sport has given so much to me."
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