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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two sisters quit the University of New Mexico women's soccer team and withdrew from school amid an investigation into possible hazing that sent two players to the hospital.

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The university said freshmen twins Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following the Sunday night incident, which a police report said involved players who were extremely intoxicated.

UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said all players on the team have been interviewed. He and head coach Kit Vela planned to release more details of the investigation at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation has resulted in the cancellation of the Lobos' season opener in Lubbock, Texas, which was scheduled for Friday. Neither Texas Tech nor New Mexico will have its season record affected, officials say.

''This is serious,'' Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/VEWcpT). ''There is no place for hazing in sports. There's no place for hazing at UNM or in college athletics. We take this matter very seriously.''

University police were sent to a dormitory on campus Sunday night in reference to a student who was highly intoxicated. Danielle Scelsi, 18, told police her sister was having trouble breathing and appeared to be vomiting.

Two other 18 year olds in the apartment also appeared to be intoxicated, according to the police report.

A rescue unit with the Albuquerque Fire Department responded. Devin Scelsi and one of the other teens were taken to the hospital.

The police report states Danielle Scelsi told officers they were all members of the soccer team and ''had participated in some kind of initiation event.''

Krebs sent a note to all student-athletes Tuesday as a reminder of how the university addresses hazing. All athletes are required to sign a form on which they acknowledge what hazing is and saying they won't participate in hazing. They are also required to bring hazing to the school's attention.

The penalties for participating in hazing can vary, Krebs said.

The team will now open its season Sept. 5 against Marquette in the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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