Logan Tom Has 13 Kills In USA Volleyball Loss To China

June 6, 2002

Montreux, Switzerland - Hao Yang scored 14 points and Jing Zhang added13 points as China swept the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team,26-24, 25-21, 25-19, in pool play at the Montreux Volley Masterstournament Wednesday night.

China, which is ranked No. 3 in the world, improved to 2-0 in 'Pool B.'The Netherlands is 1-1 in pool play, while the U.S. and Cuba are both0-1. Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, plays No. 2 Cuba as pool playcontinues on Thursday night. In 'Pool A,' Russia is 2-0, Italy is 1-1and Brazil and Japan are both 0-1.

Team USA outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford),playing in her first match of the season, led all scorers with 16points. Tom, a three-time first-team All-American and the reigningAmerican Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, had amatch-high 13 kills to go along with two service aces and one block.

'Tonight we started off strong but couldn't seem to keep the rhythmafter the first set,' said opposite Sarah Noriega (Ulysses, Kan./LoyolaMarymount), who scored five points. 'In the first set we had some greatdefensive plays but ultimately our serving and passing kept us out ofthe match. We had a difficult time blocking their outside hitter(Yang), and some with their combos. Tomorrow we need to remember tostay relaxed yet aggressive and focused.'

Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C./Long Beach State) scored seven pointsfor the Americans (five kills, two blocks), while Heather Bown (YorbaLinda, Calif./Hawaii), Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif./Long BeachState) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa/Nebraska) chipped in six pointsapiece.

'Typically (we are) an aggressive team. It seemed tonight that in manyareas we were passive,' said Bown. 'China played more aggressive thanus at critical times. Along with our errors on serving, our passing hadsome problems. However, as a whole I believe that we still have somepracticing to do, and our team will improve in all areas. It wasinteresting to see how the young girls competed, but it was difficultknowing that the veterans needed to step up and help more, especially atcrucial times when we had trouble.'

Yang posted a hitting percentage of .471 to go along with 10 kills, amatch-high three aces and one block. Zhang had 12 kills and one block.China hit .311 for the match, while the U.S. hit just .241.

Team USA has now lost four matches in a row to fall to 2-6 overall thisseason.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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