Destinee Hooker and U.S. advance to Olympic semifinals
Aug. 7, 2012
LONDON -- The U.S. Women's Volleyball team, led by former Texas Volleyball outside hitter Destinee Hooker, advanced to the semifinals at the 2012 Olympics with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday against the Dominican Republic (25-14, 25-21, 25-22). Hooker once again led Team USA with 15 kills and 19 points, advancing to Thursday's semifinal against Korea. The U.S.-Korea semifinal will take place at 9 a.m. Central time.
Thursday's match features two of the top scorers so far in the tournament. Hooker is third among Olympic players with 123 points while Korea's Yeon-Koung Kim leads all players with 165 points.
Viewed by many as one of the top volleyball players in the world, the 6-4 outside hitter from San Antonio, Texas, led the Longhorns to the 2009 NCAA Championship title match and was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. Hooker earned AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team honors that season, along with being named Big 12 Player of the Year, after recording 526 kills, 47 aces and 87 blocks. She was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix as she helped the United States to win for the second year in a row.