U.S. Women's Volleyball Knocks Off Cuba at 2001 World Grand Prix

Aug. 20, 2001

Harbin, China - The USA Women's National Volleyball Team picked up one oftheir biggest wins of the year here Saturday night, knocking offOlympic-champion Cuba in four-sets (25-18, 27-25, 24-26, 25-18) in front of3,850 fans at the 2001 World Grand Prix.

Stanford University junior Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the way forTeam USA with 14 of the team's 41 kills. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda,Calif./Univ. of Hawai'i) added six kills and six blocks in the exciting winfor the US.

'It felt good to finally beat Cuba after having not won in some time,' saidUSA middle blocker Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State).'Tonight we had better rhythm than the match Friday against China whichallowed us to play our game-controlling the net. Everyone entering thematch made a positive impact for us. It was a lot of fun and good to seeour team make improvements as we prepare for the final week of play.'

The US (5-3) closes preliminary play Sunday against Germany (1-7) with achance to wrap up second-place heading in the final round playoffs nextweek. USA head coach Toshiaki Yoshida would like to have more time to savorthe win, but knows the Americans have to keep working hard.

'We played much better than yesterday and than our last match against Cuba,'said Yoshida. 'I changed our starting lineup a little so we had more freshenergy for today's match. Our team must stay focused, though, and use thisvictory to carry us forward.'

The Cuban team struggled all night with fundamental parts of the game. Theycommitted 20 service errors, 19 attacking errors and six reception errors.Cuba (4-4) closes the preliminary round tomorrow against China (7-1).

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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