USA Women Rebound To Beat Italy In Five Sets At Grand Prix

July 19, 2004

Hong Kong - Former Stanford All-American Logan Tom scored a match-high 26 points to lead four players in double figures as the USA women's national volleyball team posted a big 3-2 win over Italy as the second round of the World Grand Prix began Friday afternoon at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 17 kills, a match-high five service aces and four blocks in the 25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15 victory that improved the United States' record to 3-1 in the tournament.

Danielle Scott scored 16 points, Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani posted 14 points and Tayyiba Haneef added 12 points as Team USA moved up to fourth place in the overall standings.

The top five ranked teams after pool play will advance to the championship round (July 27-Aug. 1) along with the host team, Italy.

Scott (Baton Rouge, La.) had nine kills, a match-high six blocks and one ace, while Nnamani (Normal, Ill.), who was named to her first-ever Olympic team last week, had 12 kills, two blocks and a hitting percentage of .458.

Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.), who will also make her Olympic debut next month in Athens, chipped in with seven kills, four blocks and one ace.

As a team the Americans outblocked the Italians, the 2002 world champions, 19-7.

Libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) had 20 digs as Team USA improved its overall record to 13-8.

In other Pool E action on Friday, China swept Thailand to improve its pool play record to 3-1.

This year's Grand Prix, the premier annual women's competition that features many of the best teams in the world, will serve as the final pre-Olympic competition for Team USA before it begins play in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, on Aug. 14.

The 12-team Grand Prix will feature 10 of this year's 12 Olympic teams. In fact, six of Team USA's nine scheduled pool-play matches will be against teams heading to Greece next month, including four matches against teams in its Olympic pool (Cuba, China, Germany and Russia).

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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