U.S. Women Beat Argentina to Begin World Championships
Aug. 30, 2002
Riesa, Germany - Dominant blocking and a balanced attack were the keyingredients for the United States as it swept Argentina on the first dayof the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships at Sachsen ArenaFriday night.
Middle blocker Heather Bown led Team USA with 13 points, while middleblocker Danielle Scott and outside hitter Logan Tom added 12 pointsapiece. Outside hitter Keba Phipps chipped in with 11 points in the 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 victory, the first in Pool C for the Americans.
'I'm pleased with the success even though the result is quite close,closer than I expected,' said Team USA head coach ToshiYoshida. 'Argentina presented a good team and has shown a topperformance.'
Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif./Hawai'i) had six kills, a match-high tying fiveblocks and a match-high two service aces. Scott (Baton Rouge, La./LongBeach State) had seven kills and five blocks, while Tom (Salt Lake City,Utah/Stanford) had six kills, five blocks and one service ace.
As a team, the United States out-blocked Argentina, 19-2.
'Yes! We won our first match,' said Phipps, who led the United Stateswith 10 kills and added one block. 'It was a good team win, but we areable to play so much better. We must focus on improving.'
Carolina Costagrande led Argentina with a match-high 15 points on 14kills and one block. Michaela Vogel added eight points on six kills, oneblock and one ace, while Julietta Borghi posted seven points on sevenkills.
'We played well as a team and for our first match I was very happy withour performance,' said Tom. 'Now we look ahead to our next opponent andput all our focus toward them. We have a long journey ahead and must takeeach day as it comes.'
With one win in the books, the U.S. must now turn its focus to its nextpool play match against the world's No. 1 team, Russia. The USA andRussia have played six matches against each other this year, with theRussians winning all of them.
'We came in a bit nervous. After all it's our first World Championshipmatch,' added USA team captain Tara Cross-Battle. 'But then we settleddown a bit and eventually won. There is still a lot of work ahead of usin order to prepare for the match versus Russia.'
2002 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
USA POOL C RESULTS/SCHEDULE (FIRST ROUND)
Friday, Aug. 30USA def. Argentina, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21)
Saturday, Aug. 31USA vs. Russia (Riesa, Germany)
Sunday, Sept. 1USA vs. Dominican Republic (Riesa, Germany)
Monday, Sept. 2USA vs. Puerto Rico (Dresden, Germany)
Tuesday, Sept. 3USA vs. Kenya (Riesa, Germany)
courtesy of USA Volleyball
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