Tom, Scott Guide U.S. Women to Sweep of Cuba

July 22, 2002

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand - Logan Tom scored 11 points and DanielleScott added 10 as the U.S. women's national volleyball team posted a 3-0win over Cuba at the FIVB World Grand Prix Sunday night at MCC Hall.

Tom had six kills, a match-high three blocks and two service aces to leadthe United States (6-12) to a 25-21, 25-17, 28-26 win. Scott had a team-high nine kills and one ace as Team USA finished with a 2-1 record inPool D play and improved to 3-3 overall in the tournament.

'It was a fun match. We worked well together,' said outside hitter KebaPhipps, who had nine points on nine kills. 'It was a great team win andit feels good!'

Heather Bown added eight points on six kills, one block and one ace asthe United States beat Cuba for the second straight Sunday in thetournament. The two teams meet again next Friday as Week Three getsunderway.

The top three teams in the overall standings at the conclusion of poolplay on July 28 join China, the host team, for the championship rounds ofthe tournament, which will take place from Aug. 1-4 in Hong Kong.

The U.S. is currently tied for fourth in the standings with Germany. Inthe case of a tie, the FIVB uses set quotient (number of sets won dividedby number of sets lost) to break the deadlock. Germany currently holds aslight edge in that category (1.222-1.000) by virtue of winning 11 setsand losing nine. The Americans are 11-11 in sets.

'This is a great win for Team USA,' said libero Stacy Sykora. 'not onlyfor this tournament but also for future competitions.'

Cuba's Yumilka Ruiz led all scorers with 12 points on 11 kills and oneblock. Zoila Barros added 11 points on 10 kills and one block, whileNancy Carrillo chipped in with eight points on five kills, two blocks andone ace.

The World Grand Prix, now in its 10th year, is the premier annualtournament for women's volleyball with more the $1 million in prizemoney. Last year, led by Scott, the Most Valuable Player, the UnitedStates won the prestigious tournament for the second time. Team USA alsowon the Grand Prix in 1995.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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