USA Volleyball Takes Third At 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix

Aug. 4, 2003

Andria, Italy - The USA women's national volleyball team entered the 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix ranked third in the world. They exited the Grand Prix true to rank claiming the Bronze with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 28-26) victory over the Netherlands.

Team USA placed four players in double-figures in the match, led by Danielle Scott's (Baton Rouge, La.) 15 points on 10 kills and a match-high five blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 12 points, while Keba Phipps (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 11 followed by Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) with 10 points.

The Dutch were led in scoring by Francien Huurman with a match-high 19 points on 19 kills in the loss.

'It was a great win,' said USA libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas). 'We are happy with third, but we will work hard every day to improve our status at every tournament.'

Sykora finished second in the tournament's 'Best Digger' standings. Scott finished ranked second in the 'Best Blocker' category.

In other matches today, China stopped Russia's hope for back-to-back Grand Prix titles with an easy 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-21) victory. The two teams were 5-0 in the final round heading in to the match. Host Italy defeated Korea 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13) in a battle for the tournament's fifth-place position.

Team USA will be off until September 22, 2003, when they play in the NORCECA Zone Continental Championship. This event will serve as a qualifier for the 2003 FIVB World Cup. The top three teams at the World Cup will qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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