Tom Leads USA National Team To 3-0 Win Over Mexico In 2002 World Championship Qualification Tourney

July 19, 2001

The USA Women's National VolleyballTeam took their first step en route to qualifying for the 2002 Women'sVolleyball World Championships tonight with a three games to none victoryover Mexico (25-9, 25-17, 25-12) in the opening day of play in the 2002Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament in Caguas, PuertoRico.

'It was an okay match for us,' said Toshiaki Yoshida, USA Women'sNational Team Head Coach. 'We did not have enough preparation. Weneeded more concentration on our side of the net and on what we have beenworking on in practice. For the most part, everyone played well tonightbut we need to show improvement in each match.'

Team USA was led in scoring by Stanford University sophomoreLogan Tom of Salt Lake City, Utah with 13 points (all kills). She wasfollowed in scoring by Sarah Noriega (Ulysses, Kansas/Loyola MarymountUniversity) with 12 points (9 kills and 3 service aces). Danielle Scott(Baton Rouge, Louisiana/Long Beach State University) pitched in 10 points(7 kills and 3 blocks) in her first match back with Team USA since the2000 Olympic Games.

'We came into the match with a focus on our execution as a team,'said outside hitter Logan Tom. 'We're working on maintaining a strongexecution with the incorporation of all the hitters. We want to come outof this tournament feeling good about our play, making sure we qualify aswe head into the Grand Prix.'

'I thought we did okay for what our plan was,' said setter RobynAh Mow (Honolulu, Hawaii/University of Hawaii). 'We wanted toconcentrate on our side and we did okay for how the game was going. Wetried to focus more on having all hitters attack from the back row andfront row and we did good.'

Team USA will next be in action tomorrow afternoon as they takeon Costa Rica at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The USA will look to be one of the two teams from Pool L to earna bid to the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships, which will beheld in Germany, August 30 to September 15, 2002. Besides Mexico the USAwill also face Costa Rica and Puerto Rico this weekend in a round robinformat with the top two finishers qualifying for the 2002 WorldChampionships.

A total of 24 teams will qualify for the 2002 Women's VolleyballWorld Championships. Two teams received automatic berths to the WorldChampionships, Cuba by virtue of being the defending World Champions from1998 and Germany by virtue of being the host country for the 2002 WorldChampionships. The other 22 teams trying to qualify for the event mustqualify through qualification tournaments hosted by the Confederation ofwhich it is a member. The NORCECA Confederation of which the UnitedStates is a member of is allotted five qualified spots for the 2002 WorldChampionships. Cuba has already qualified in one to the five spots byvirtue of winning the last World Championships in 1998. The other fourteams who will qualify for the 2002 World Championships will be the toptwo finishers of both Pool K and Pool L. The team finishing in thirdplace in both Pool K and Pool L will also have one other chance toqualify for the 2002 World Championships. The highest ranked third placeteam between Pool K and Pool L (through the FIVB point system) will faceVenezuela (third place of Pool M) with the winner qualifying for thefinal spot in the 2002 World Championships. Please visit the FIVBwebsite at www.fivb.org for more information on qualification proceduresfor the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships.

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