Bown, Scott Lead U.S. Women Over Cuba at World Grand Prix

July 15, 2002

Chengdu, China - Heather Bown scored 20 points and Danielle Scott added18 as the U.S. women's national volleyball team posted its first win inthe 2002 FIVB World Grand Prix, 3-1 over Cuba, Sunday night in SichuanGym.

Bown hit a blistering .652 with a match-high 16 kills, three blocks andone service ace to lead Team USA (4-11) to the 21-25, 25-18, 28-26, 25-18win. Scott had a hitting percentage of .500 to go along with 13 kills,four blocks and one ace.

'We needed this win tonight,' said outside hitter Keba Phipps, who scored12 points on 11 kills and one block. 'It is good for us to go into thesecond leg of the trip with a win. We came together as a team and helpedeach other get this win.'

Logan Tom added 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks as the United Statesfinished the first leg of the month-long tournament with a 1-2 record inPool B after losses to Russia (3-2) and China (3-0). Cuba finished WeekOne without a win (0-3). Russia swept China on Sunday to win Pool B witha 3-0 record. The Chinese finished second with a 2-1 mark.

'We WON, and I got a block!' said 5-foot-9 setter Robyn Ah Mow,understandably excited after the win. 'Our passing was good, so we coulduse the middles on side out. And blocking was off the hook!'

Zoila Barros led Cuba with 15 points on a match-high seven blocks, sevenkills and one ace. Yumilka Ruiz added 14 points on 14 kills, while NancyCarrillo chipped in with 10 points (five kills, three aces, two blocks).

The second leg of the World Grand Prix runs Friday-Sunday (July 19-21) inthe Philippines and Thailand. The United States will be a member of 'PoolD' along with China, Thailand and Cuba and play in MCC Hall in NakhonRatchasima, Thailand. 'Pool C' consists of Brazil, Germany, Japan andRussia, and they will compete in Araneta Coliseum in Manila.

The World Grand Prix, now in its 10th year, is the premier annualtournament for women's volleyball with more the $1 million in prizemoney. Last year, led by Scott, the Most Valuable Player, the UnitedStates won the prestigious tournament for the second time. Team USA alsowon the Grand Prix in 1995.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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