USA Remains Unbeaten At Women's World Championships

Sept. 4, 2002

Dresden, Germany - Logan Tom scored a match-high 17 points to lead theU.S. women's national volleyball team to a sweep of previously unbeatenPuerto Rico on the fourth day of pool play at the 2002 Women's VolleyballWorld Championships at Mehrzwecksporthalle Monday night.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) had a match-high 12 kills, threeblocks and two service aces in leading the United States to a 25-13, 27-25, 25-19 victory, the fourth without a loss in Pool C for the Americans.With nine aces in four matches, she leads all players in both total acesand aces per set (0.64).

Team USA (4-0) is one of just four teams that remain unbeaten throughpool play. Italy, Korea and China are also undefeated through fourmatches.

'The USA overpowered us in every aspect of the game,' said Puerto Rico'sYarleen Santiago. '(The Americans) were outstanding not only in servingbut also in blocking. You cannot allow yourself to make that manymistakes against one of the best teams in the world.'

Middle blockers Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State) andHeather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif./Hawai'i) added 12 points apiece as theU.S. clinched a berth in the second round of the tournament. Scott hadsix kills, four blocks and two aces and now leads all players in totalblocks (16) and blocks per set (1.14). Bown had 10 kills, one block andone ace.

'Puerto Rico played very well and had a fast middle attack,' Scottsaid. 'But we played very steady and finally won.'

The top three teams in each pool advance to the second round, which willbe broken down into three pools of four teams each. Seeding for thesecond round will be determined following the conclusion of pool play onTuesday.

Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif./Long Beach State) chipped in withnine points on five kills and four blocks. She has eight blocks in herlast two matches.

'Tonight we took another step forward in securing first place in ourpool,' said backup setter Lizzy Fitzgerald (New Orleans,La./Wisconsin). 'We played steady and took care of our side. We arelooking forward to Kenya tomorrow and moving on to the second round.'

Outside hitter Aury Cruz, an All-American as a sophomore at theUniversity of Florida last season, had 10 points on eight kills and twoblocks to lead Puerto Rico, which clinched a spot in the second rounddespite the loss. Eva Cruz and Karina Ocasio each added nine points forPuerto Rico, which finishes off pool play against Russia on Tuesday.

Russia also secured a berth in the second round after sweeping Argentinaearlier on Monday.

Libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas/Texas A&M) did not play in Monday'smatch after suffering a slight concussion near the end of the win Sundayagainst the Dominican Republic. Sykora hit her head on the floor whiledigging a ball and did not suit up for Monday's match. Tara Cross-Battlesuited up as the libero against Puerto Rico, with Scott taking Cross-Battle's spot at team captain for the match.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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