Logan Tom Begins Professional Volleyball Career in Brazil

Jan. 23, 2003

Colorado Springs, Colo. - USA Women's National Team standout and former Stanford Cardinal Logan Tom scored six points after coming off the bench in her professional debut on Saturday, Jan. 18, as her new team, MRV/Minas of the Brazil Superliga, defeated Blue Life/Pinheiros, 3-1.

Tom, a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year and four-time first-team All-American in her four seasons at Stanford University, joined one of the best teams in the top Brazilian domestic league on Jan. 4 shortly after finishing her collegiate eligibility with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships.

Teams in four countries (Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico and Spain) made offers to sign the world-class player, a 2000 Olympian for the United States at the age of 19 and one of the stars of the American team that captured the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships in Germany.

But in the end she chose to play in Brazil, which she has admitted is one of her favorite places to play in the world.

'I looked at everything all of the teams offered and Brazil came out on top,' said Tom, 21. 'Brazil has always been one of my favorite places to play, so of course it is a bonus to get to play here. But I just wanted to start my professional career.'

Financial terms of her contract were not disclosed. But in addition to her salary, she will receive the use of an apartment in Belo Horizonte and a car. Her trademark No. 15 was already taken by another player on the team (Marina Donati Daloca), so Tom will wear the No. 17 for her new team.

The season runs until the end of April, and Tom figures to return to Colorado Springs, Colo., to resume training with the USA Women's National Team 'sometime in May.'

Until then she is working hard to learn a new language (Portuguese) and to adjust to life as a professional athlete.

'Very few of the people here speak English, and I am just learning how to speak Portuguese,' Tom admits. 'But everyone has been really helpful. It gets better each day.'

Tom, who also left school to train with the National Team prior to the 2000 Olympics, is about 50 units short of getting her degree in international relations at Stanford.

MRV/Minas, which has a record of 6-1 following the 25-15, 25-17, 25-27, 25-13 win over Blue Life, is tied with BCN/Osasco and Rexona for first place in the eight-team league.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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