BYU's Hamson to redshirt volleyball season, focus on final basketball year
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Provo • Jennifer Hamson will no longer be one of the busiest athletes in major college sports.

Hamson, BYU's two-sport star, said Tuesday she will redshirt this coming volleyball season so that she can concentrate on her senior year of women's basketball during the 2013-14 season. She will then play her final season of volleyball for the Cougars in 2014.

Hamson was an AVCA first-team All-American as a junior in 2012 and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year after helping BYU tie for the league title. The Cougars received an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 12 national finish.

"It is definitely a challenge to play two sports at the collegiate level, especially when the seasons overlap," Hamson said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to focus on one sport each season my senior year."

In basketball, the Pleasant Grove High product, who is 6-foot-7, led the WCC in blocked shots, was second in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage, and 10th in scoring. She was named to the WCC all-conference team. Twice she has made the WCC All-Academic Team and been placed on the Commissioner's Silver Honor Roll.

Hamson is third all-time in blocked shots (190) at BYU. She needs 184 points to become the 24th women in school history to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau.

Hamson's mother, Tresa Spaulding Hamson, was a four-time All-American in basketball at BYU from 1983-87.

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