Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Birth Date: Sept. 7, 1987
Joined Team: January 2008
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round...Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Tour of Brazil...FIVB World Championship (Fourth).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started the first six matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix, but did not travel to the third leg or Final Round as the U.S. went on to win the tournament gold medal…Averaged 5.15 points, 1.65 digs and 0.85 blocks per set at the World Grand Prix…Scored 20 points versus Brazil on June 15…Started all eight matches and 27 sets of the Olympic Games in helping the U.S. capture the silver medal…Averaged 6.00 points per set at the Olympic Games, including 5.07 kills and 0.78 blocks per set…Ended the Olympic Games as the Best Spiker with a .379 hitting efficiency (.385 unofficial DataVolley), along with ranking second in Best Scorer and fourth in Best Blocker…Scored 21 or more points in four of eight Olympic matches, including 25 points versus Brazil on July 30, 24 points versus China on Aug. 1…Tallied 24 points versus Korea in the semifinal match in which she converted 21 of 33 attacks with just one error to go with three blocks…Ended 2012 with a 5.31 scoring average that included 4.36 kills per set on a .345 hitting efficiency…Averaged 0.80 blocks and 1.81 digs per set in 2012. 2011 - Named Most Valuable Player of the FIVB World Grand Prix as she helped the Americans win the event for the second year in a row…Ranked second during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with 101 total points scored (90 kills, 8 blocks, 3 aces), while finishing fourth in Best Spiker with a 42.1 kill percent…During the entire tournament including preliminary rounds, totaled 228 points (234 based on unofficial DataVolley Stats) and held a .357 hitting efficiency…Averaged 5.20 points, 4.51 kills, 0.49 blocks and 1.58 digs per set based on unofficial DataVolley stats…Scored 15 or more points in 11 of the 13 matches she played in, including a personal international-high 30 points versus Italy (34 based on unofficial DataVolley stats) on Aug. 25…Converted 16 of 23 errorless attacks against China on Aug. 7 with three blocks for 19 points in a 3-0 win…Tallied 15 kills and five blocks in 20-point semifinal win over Serbia, followed by 16 points versus Brazil in the gold-medal match…Named an FIVB Hero as announced in August…Led U.S. to NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship title by ranking third in scoring and fourth in Best Spiker…Averaged 5.07 points at NORCECA Championship with 4.27 kills, 0.40 blocks, 0.40 aces and 1.53 digs per set…Converted 50.8 percent of attacks with a .389 hitting efficiency…Tallied 16 points in NORCECA gold-medal match against Dominican Republic following an 18-point performance against Cuba with a .519 hitting efficiency in the semifinals…Helped lead U.S. to FIVB World Cup silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification by averaging 5.91 points, 5.13 kills, 0.44 blocks, 0.34 aces and 0.88 digs per set at World Cup…Named World Cup Best Spiker with 49.53 kill percent to go with .419 hitting efficiency…Scored personal-high 39 points in five-set win over China with 36 kills on 67 swings, two blocks and an ace…Notched 27 points in four-set win over Italy to clinch 2012 Olympic berth…Scored 21 or more points in four of the 11 World Cup matches…Ranked third in Best Scorer (185 points) and ninth in Best Server. 2010 – Playing in her first official tournament with the U.S. Women’s National Team, averaged 4.76 points and 2.46 digs in helping the U.S. win the FIVB World Grand Prix…Ranked fourth in Best Scorer during FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with 76 points while ranking seventh in Best Spiker with a 38.69 kill percent…Led or tied for team-high point honors in eight of 14 matches at World Grand Prix…For the entire World Grand Prix, converted 41.8 percent of attacks into kills with a .330 hitting efficiency…Played in 50 of 52 sets, starting the final 13 matches of the tournament…Reached double-figure kills in 12 of 14 matches at World Grand Prix, including 25-point performances against Germany on Aug. 7 and versus China on Aug. 22…Named MVP of the Hong Kong World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend…Contributed 24 points versus China on Aug. 28…Held a .516 hitting efficiency 16-0-31) versus Italy on Aug. 26 as part of a 17-point performance…Averaged 3.29 points per set while playing two of four matches of Tour of Brazil…Totaled 17 points in a reserve role against Brazil on Sept. 29, including 13 kills and four blocks…Started all 11 matches and 40 sets of the FIVB World Championship…Finished fifth in scoring at the FIVB World Championship with 219 points (185 kills, 23 blocks, 11 aces) according to FIVB stats…Converted 45.3 percent of attacks into kills for 11th place at the World Championship, in addition to a .333 hitting efficiency on 418 attacks…Also ranked 16th in Best Blocker at the World Championship…Reached 20 or more points in eight of the 11 matches, including the final seven matches of the tournament…Scored 28 points in the bronze-medal match against Japan on Nov. 14…Totaled 27 points versus Thailand in the tournament opener (Oct. 29), 24 points versus Italy (Nov. 7), 23 points versus Russia (Nov. 13) and 21 points versus Cuba (Nov. 3), Netherlands (Nov. 9) and Brazil (Nov. 10)…Back-to-back double-doubles (kills and digs) versus Netherlands (21-14) and Brazil (21-10). 2008 – Helped the U.S. to a 5-3 record on a tour of China playing teams within the Chinese Volleyball Club system.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Selected American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First-Team and Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team and advancing University of Texas to the championship match of the NCAA Division I Tournament before losing to Penn State…Named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship…Selected Big 12 Player of the Year…Finished season with 526 kills (5.26 per set), 47 aces (0.45 per set), 87 blocks (0.84 per set) and 633 points (6.09 per set)…Finished Texas career with 1,821 kills (third most) and a 4.27 kills average (third-best)…Won the 2009 NCAA Indoor High Jump championship and the 2009 NCAA Outdoor High Jump championship, becoming just the second female in NCAA history to win three NCAA Outdoor High Jump titles and the first female high jumper to sweep the indoor and outdoor crowns since 2004. 2008 – Named AVA All-America First-Team, Volleyball Magazine All-America First-Team and Honda Award finalist as one of the top four volleyball players in NCAA Division I…Helped team to the NCAA Division I Championship semifinals as she led the Big 12 in points per set (4.89), ranked second in kills per set (4.1) and seventh in hitting percentage (.322). 2007 – Selected AVCA All-America Second-Team and Volleyball Magazine All-America Second-Team…Started 15 of 29 matches and ranked first on the team in solo blocks (31) and kills per game (4.52)…Logged double-digit kills in 27 of 29 matches…Placed third at the NCAA Indoor High Jump event…Won the NCAA Outdoor High Jump championship. 2006 – AVCA All-America honorable mention as a freshman after tallying 373 kills for a 3.49 kill average…Tallied double-figure kill totals in 19 of 31 matches, including 15 of final 17 matches…Finished third in the USA Outdoor Championship in the high jump…Finished third in the NCAA Indoor High Jump event…Won the NCAA Outdoor High Jump championship.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: A 2006 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit ... ranked No. 8 recruit nationally by PrepVolleyball.com ... 2005 San Antonio Express-News High School Girls’ Athlete of the Year as a three-sport all-state standout in volleyball, basketball and track and field at Southwest High School ... 2005 San Antonio Express-News Co-Sportswoman of the Year (with her sister, former NCAA track champion Marshevet Hooker) ... all-state, all-region, all-district volleyball outside hitter standout as a junior and senior... averaged 22.8 points, 16.2 rebounds and 7.3 blocks during her final season of high school basketball at Southwest HS ... impressively, was named the team MVP for each squad during her high school career ... 2005 Track and Field News All-American in the high jump ... two-time Texas state champion in the high jump with a then-personal best of 6-0.50 ... captured the high jump in the high school girls’ division at the 2004 and 2005 Texas Relays, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Texas state championships ... four-time Academic All-American.
PERSONAL: Born Destinee Dante’ Hooker on Sept. 7, 1987, in Frankfurt, Germany…Parents are Ricky and Marvetta Hooker…Sister is Marshevet, who was an NCAA champion, All-American and Big 12 champion in the long jump, sprints and relays at University of Texas from 2004-2006 before turning professional and competing in the 2008 Olympics…Graduated high school early to compete one season with sister in track and field at University of Texas...Was a Darrell K. Royal Endowed Centennial Presidential Scholarship Recipient at University of Texas…majored in applied learning and development at University of Texas.
Updated: Aug. 18, 2012