Jhenna Gabriel retires from Texas volleyball to focus on mental health

Jhenna Gabriel, the longtime starting setter at Texas, announced on Wednesday that she is stepping away from the Longhorns and the sport of volleyball.

This departure is viewed as a retirement for Gabriel, who just started her second semester of graduate school at Texas. The 5-8 setter has one year of eligibility left. She will not enter the transfer portal.

In a post on Instagram, Gabriel stated that “I have made the decision to step away from collegiate volleyball to prioritize my mental health and well-being. While I have been honored to be a part of this amazing program, being a collegiate athlete is something that takes a toll on athletes’ mental health more than we know.”

In her Instagram post, Gabriel also thanked her teammates, coaches and fans at Texas. While at Texas, Gabriel said she “lived out a dream that I didn’t even think was possible.”

“I took a chance coming to Texas, choosing not to listen to everyone telling me I wasn’t good enough to be here,” Gabriel wrote. “Little did they know I would earn my way into a starting spot for one of the best programs in the country, have the opportunity to set a handful of All-Americans, and in the process become one myself.”

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