USAV dissipates rumours: Destinee Hooker is not under consideration

She has made the news again, but is still out of the USA team. Last weekend, opposite hitter Destinee Hooker, 28, former star of Team USA in the last Olympic cycle, was in the middle of a widespread rumor started on an Internet discussion group in Texas, replicated by a European website that later was copied all over the world.

 

The piece, whose content was said untrue by USA Volleyball (USAV), said that Hooker would return to the national team under some conditions allegedly imposed by USAV CEO, Doug Beal. The rules were strict and there was even a deadline for her arrival at USAV training center, in Anaheim, California, on May 21.

Volleyverse talked to USA Volleyball and received the following information:

[quote cite=’USA Volleyball’]“Destinee (Hooker) is not training with the national team and is not under consideration for the Olympic Games.”[/quote]

The last time she played for her NT was back in London 2012, when she was one of the stars of the Olympic Games in volleyball. Since then, her career has fallen down.

 

USA Roster

Last week USAV released their women’s team roster, looking forward to the WGP, with 22 names (check it out here).

After two silver medals in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, losing both finals to Brazil, the Americans are heavy favourites to finally grab the gold at Rio Olympics, later this year, in August. Brazil, this time playing in front of their crowd, plus Russia and China are their main contenders.

Competition will be fierce, but the squad led by coach Karch Kiraly proved their strength throughout this cycle by winning the 2014 World Championship, USA’s most important title in women’s volleyball – they had already grabbed silver at 1967 and 2002 World Championships, have two bronzes (1982 and 1990), and they also are three-time silver Olympics medalists (1984, 2008 and 2012) and got one bronze (1992).

Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo told Volleyverse the gold at the World Championship gave them more confidence.

Although USA placed third at the 2015 World Cup, failing to book a ticket to Rio Olympics, which was made later at a continental qualifier, they remain as the one to watch. Coach Kiraly has speeded up their game to an unprecedented level seen in women’s game, making the American squad a very dangerous opponent. He has recently agreed to a contract renewal to lead them until Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Team USA makes their debut at the 2016 WGP on June 10, in Ningbo, China, facing Germany, Thailand and the host, respectively, in the tournament’s first leg. The women’s volleyball competition at Rio Olympics starts on August 6.