Tom Leads Women's USA Team To World Championships Final

Sept. 13, 2002

Berlin, Germany - Logan Tom was three-years-old the last time the United States played in the championship match of a women's major international volleyball tournament. But she made sure the 18-year-old drought will come to an end on Sunday.

Tom equaled her current age with a match-high 21 points and Keba Phipps added 20 as the U.S. women's national volleyball team continued its incredible run at the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships with a thrilling 3-2 semifinal win over the world's No. 1-ranked team, Russia, Friday night at Max-Schmeling-Halle.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) had 15 kills, four blocks and two service aces in the 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8 victory, the 10th without a loss for Team USA in the tournament. Phipps (Lakewood, Calif./Foppapedretti Bergamo) added 14 kills and a match-high six blocks as the U.S. won its 11th straight match overall and evened its season record to 17-17.

The United States will now play Italy, a 3-1 winner over China in Friday's other semifinal, in the championship match on Sunday at 9 a.m. (EDT). The Americans and Italians have met six times so far this season, with each team winning three matches. In their last meeting on Aug. 24 in Italy, Team USA emerged with a 3-2 win in its final tune-up before the start of the World Championships on Aug. 30.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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