U.S. Women's Volleyball Defeats Korea At 2001 World Grand Prix

Aug. 22, 2001

Macau, China - The USA Women's National Volleyball Team opened play inthe final round of the 2001 FIVB World Grand Prix here Wednesday nightwith a four set victory (27-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-14) over Korea in PoolB.

The match was the first of three matches to be played by the US in thepool. Team USA faces Cuba on Thursday and Brazil Friday. The top twoteams from the pool advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

'We could not stop Korea's primary hitters in the 1st and 2nd sets andwe played poorly at the net,' said USA head coach Toshiaki Yoshidafollowing the match. 'However, from the 3rd set on we dominated. Weneed to work on our overall offense.'

USA middle blocker Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State)led all scorers with 15 kills, three blocks and two aces. Logan Tom(Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford Univ.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda,Calif./Univ. of Hawaii) each added 16 kills in the win.

'It is always nice to get a win,' said Scott. 'It was good to see ourteam find a way to win when we are not playing our best. Thecompetition here is great. Our biggest challenge right now is to betterour side and play consistently at a high level. Again, I think the subscame in and did a good job.'

Cuba beat Brazil 3-2 (25-21, 27-29, 25-22, 21-25, 17-15) in other pool Bplay. In other action from pool A, Russia beat Japan 3-2 (25-22, 25-14,19-25, 21-25, 15-7) and China beat Germany 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-18).

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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