Logan Tom Helps U.S. To 3-0 Win Over Dominican Republic At Montreaux

June 5, 2003

Montreaux, Switzerland - Logan Tom and Sarah Noriega each scored a match-high 10 points as the USA women's national volleyball team swept the Dominican Republic during the third day of competition at the Montreux Volley Masters on Thursday.

Team USA's 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 win, combined with China's sweep of Cuba in the final match of the day, means that both the United States and China are guaranteed a spot in the championship semifinals on Saturday, June 7 as the top two teams from Pool B.

The wins by China and the USA on Thursday also adds more meaning to Friday's showdown between the two teams to finish pool play. The winner of that match will win Pool B and meet the No. 2 team from Pool A in the semifinal round. Pool B's No. 2 team will then face the No. 1 team from Pool A.

The championship round is scheduled for Sunday, June. 8.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) had eight kills, one block, one service ace and five digs while Noriega (Ulysses, Kan./Loyola Marymount) posted six kills, a match-high three aces and one block in the victory.

'This evening's match focus was to improve our passing and serving,' said middle blocker and team captain Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State), who scored four points in just one set. 'I think we made strides in those areas and we look to keep improving with the upcoming matches.'

Middle blocker Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif./Long Beach State), playing in just her second international match, scored nine points in two sets of play on five kills, a match-high tying three blocks and one ace.

Another Long Beach State product, Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored seven points on five kills, one block and one ace. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif./Hawai'i) played the first two sets and scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace, while Wiz Bachman (Farmington, Minn./UCLA) chipped in with five points on three kills and two blocks in just one set of action.

For the second straight match, Jen Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State) and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii/Minnesota) shared the setting duties. Libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas/Texas A&M) notched a match-high 19 digs.

'Tonight's match had a slower tempo, and it was difficult to play with energy and emotion,' said outside hitter Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa/Nebraska), who scored two points off the bench. 'Once we gathered some energy, our game was a lot smoother. Passing was a focus, and their float serves were much different than Cuba's jump serves, so that was also an adjustment we had to make.'

Kenia Moreta scored a team-high nine points and Milagros Nunez added seven points in the loss for the Dominican Republic, which finished pool play with a 0-3 mark.

In other action Thursday night, Russia improved to 2-0 in the tournament with a 3-0 win over Brazil (1-1) in Pool A.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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