USA Volleyball Defeats Costa Rica 3-0 At World Qualifier

July 20, 2001

The USA Women's National VolleyballTeam won their second match of the 2002 Women's Volleyball WorldChampionships Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico this afternoon with athree games to zero victory (25-13, 25-10, 25-11) over Costa Rica. TeamUSA is now 2-0 in the tournament having defeated Mexico three games tonone (25-9, 25-17, 25-12) last night in the opening day of play in the2002 Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament in San Juan,Puerto Rico.

'We played a little better than yesterday but still need to workon our first-ball side-out execution and especially on our blocking,'said Toshiaki Yoshida, USA Women's National Team Head Coach.

Team USA was led in scoring Sarah Noriega (Ulysses, Kansas/LoyolaMarymount University) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/StanfordUniversity) each with 12 points. Noriega scored 11 kills and 1 blockwhile Tom scored 7 kills, 1 block, and 4 service aces. Heather Bown(Yorba Linda, California/UC Santa Barbara/Hawaii) and Danielle Scott(Baton Rouge, Louisiana/Long Beach State University) each pitched in 8points of their own in the victory.

'We are continuing to focus on our side of the net and create ourown rhythm,' said Sarah Noriega. 'Costa Rica was a very scrappy team andit took us a while to get the right timing on the block. I feel thatthings are starting to come together and I'm excited to get to playPuerto Rico tomorrow. We will have to play the best that we can tomorrowto win.'

'Our major focus for tonight was to improve our side of the net,'said Heather Bown. 'We wanted to control what we could on our side, theexecution of plays, as well as good passing. We are still continuing toimprove as a team and play at a high level no matter who is on the otherside of the net.'

Team USA will next be in action tomorrow afternoon as they takeon Puerto Rico at 5:00 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. The USA will faceMexico, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico this weekend in a round robin formatwith the top two finishers qualifying for the 2002 World Championships.

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 for more information on qualification proceduresfor the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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