It was tense at times but the USA women’s volleyball team defeated a streaky South Korea team, 3 sets to 1.
The story of the game for the USA was size and accuracy. The latter was lacking throughout the match, with several crucial shots going wide for the Americans, but the former certainly was not. USA outblocked the Koreans 14-1, fittingly blocking for the victory on match point.
Kim Yeon-Koung, teammate of USA’s Logan Tom on the Turkish professional team, Fenerbahçe, led the charge for South Korea, factoring in on most of the scores during a run through the third set, the only set Korea won. Kim led all scorers with 29 points and tallied the lone block and ace for her team. However, it was size up front from Destinee Hooker, who led USA with 19 spikes and 21 points, and others helped the Americans endure in spite of their unforced errors.
Here’s the box score.
Destinee Hooker is only 24 years old, turning 25 early in September. She was born in Germany but calls San Antonio, Texas, home. She’s the daughter of a former NBA player and played college volleyball at UT-Austin, where she was also a national high jump champion three times.