U.S. Women Earn Trip to World Championship Quarterfinals

Sept. 8, 2002

Reisa, Germany - And then there was one.

Logan Tom and Danielle Scott each scored a team-high 19 points as the United States became the only undefeated team at the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships with a thrilling 3-2, second-round win over the Netherlands Saturday night at Erdgas Arena.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) had a team-high 17 kills and two service aces in the 25-15, 18-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13 marathon win. Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State) had 12 kills and match-highs in blocks (four) and aces (three) as Team USA (7-0 in the tournament so far) earned a berth in the quarterfinals with the victory.

'We played very inconsistently tonight,' said Team USA head coach Toshi Yoshida. 'We did not pass well. We could not stop their middle attack. They had short left-side and right-side attackers, but we still had difficulty stopping them. We were just lucky to get the win tonight.'

Keba Phipps (Lakewood, Calif./Foppapedretti Bergamo) scored 16 points on 14 kills and two blocks for the Americans, while middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif./Hawai'i) added 15 points on 12 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif./Long Beach State) chipped in with nine points on eight kills and one ace.

'The USA showed heart today on the court and that is what got us this victory,' said Tom, who is the tournament leader in serving. 'Now we start to prepare for Germany...One day at a time.'

Setter Jen Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State) started the first two sets for the United States but was replaced in the third set by Lizzy Fitzgerald (New Orleans, La./Wisconsin) for the remainder of the match.

Alice Blom scored a match-high 20 points on 19 kills and one block for the Netherlands, which needs a win over Brazil in its final second-round match tomorrow to secure a spot among the final eight teams. Elles Leferink (11 kills, one ace) and Ingrid Visser (11 kills, one block) scored 12 points apiece in the loss, while Francien Huurman and Irina Donets each added 10 points for the Dutch.

Earlier in the day in Pool F in Stuttgart, Bulgaria handed Korea (6-1) its first loss of the tournament, 3-1. China, Cuba and Russia (all 2-0 in their respective pools) also clinched spots in the quarterfinals with wins on Saturday.

The top eight teams following second-round pool play (top two in each pool along with the two best third-place teams) will advance to the World Championship quarterfinals, which begin Sept. 11 in Bremen and Stuttgart.

'This was a close match, but a positive is that we came out on top,' said libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas/Texas A&M). 'Now we have to prepare for Germany tomorrow.'

On Sunday Team USA wraps up second-round pool play when it meets the host country, Germany, in Erdgas Arena. The Germans (0-2) are on the brink of elimination from the tournament after falling in straight sets to Brazil on Saturday. The Americans can clinch the top spot in Pool G and a No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals with a win.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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