U.S. Women Post 3-1 Win Over Thailand

July 22, 2002

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand - Heather Bown scored a match-high 18 points and Tayyiba Haneef added 15 as the U.S. women's national volleyball team posted a 3-1 win over Thailand at the FIVB World Grand Prix Saturdaynight at MCC Hall.

Bown had 13 kills, a match-high four blocks and one service ace to lead the United States (5-12) to a 25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20 win. Haneef had a team-high 14 kills, one block and a hitting percentage of .455 as Team USA improved to 1-1 in Pool D play and 2-3 overall in the tournament.

'We were able to come together as a team today,' said Haneef, who came off the bench in three of the four sets. 'Everyone was ready to pick up the intensity and contribute. We had a disheartening loss to China, but we were able to refocus our game mentally and physically to beat Thailand.'

Logan Tom had 12 points on 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .478,while Danielle Scott added 11 points on nine kills, one block and one aceto go along with a hitting percentage of .500. Tara Cross-Battle chippedin with 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace.

'Tonight was much more of a team effort,' said Tom. 'We played welltogether, through the good and bad and had some fun out there. Our benchwas crucial for us tonight. Players came in and helped our team out.'

Patcharee Sangmuang scored 17 points on a match-high 17 kills to leadThailand, which dropped to 0-5 in the tournament. Anna Paijinda (eightkills, two blocks) and Nurak Nokputta (nine kills, one ace) scored 10points apiece in the loss.

The top three teams in the overall standings at the conclusion of poolplay on July 28 join China, the host team, for the championship rounds ofthe tournament, which will take place from Aug. 1-4 in Hong Kong.

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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