Logan Tom Leads USA To Victory At Montreux Volley Masters

June 4, 2003

Montreux, Switzerland - Former Stanford All-American Logan Tom scored a match-high 20 points as the USA women's national volleyball team opened the 2003 season with a 3-1 win over three-time defending Olympic gold medallist Cuba Tuesday night at the Montreux Volley Masters.

Tom (Salt Lake City/Stanford) blasted 15 kills to go along with three blocks, two service aces and eight digs in the 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 'Pool B' win over Cuba, the world's fourth-ranked team and Olympic gold medal winners in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Tom, a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, is the tournament's leading scorer after the first day of competition.

'This is a great start for our team,' said libero Stacy Sykora, who posted a match-high 14 digs. 'We have a long way to go but we got a win under our belts.'

Nancy Metcalf scored 14 points and Danielle Scott added six in just two sets for Team USA (1-0), which captured the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships and begins the season ranked No. 3 in the world.

Metcalf (Hull, Iowa/Nebraska) posted 13 kills and one ace while Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State), who was selected as the 'Best Blocker' at last year's world championships, chipped in with four kills and two blocks.

'I thought it was exciting for us all to play together, FINALLY!' said middle blocker Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif./Long Beach State), who scored two points while making her international debut. 'The win felt great and as a team we now know what to do to make us better.'

Wiz Bachman (Farmington, Minn./UCLA) scored five points, Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif./Long Beach State) tallied four points and Sarah Noriega (Ulysses, Kan./Loyola Marymount) added three points in the victory.

Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii/Minnesota) and Jen Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State) split the setting duties as the United States opened the season with a win for the first time since 2000.

Martha Sanchez led Cuba with 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace while Yumilka Ruiz added 10 on seven kills, two blocks and one ace.

The United States has an off-day on Wednesday before resuming play in the eight team tournament on Thursday against the Dominican Republic. Team USA then wraps up pool play on Friday with a showdown against China, which is ranked No. 2 in the world.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round on Saturday, June 7, with the championship round scheduled for Sunday, June. 8.

In other Pool B action Tuesday, Ruirui Zhao scored 17 points and Yanan Liu added nine as China swept the Dominican Republic, 25-20, 31-29, 25-14. In Pool A, Nadia Centoni scored 11 points and Simona Rinieri tallied 10 to lead defending world champion Italy to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 win over Japan.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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