Tom Helps U.S. To Fourth Place Finish In Montreaux

June 9, 2003

Montreaux, Switzerland - Valeska Menezes scored a match-high 17 points and Raquel Silva added 16 to lead Brazil to a 3-1 win over the USA women's national volleyball team in the Montreux Volley Masters third-place match at Pierrier Hall on Sunday.

Menezes had 12 kills, a match-high tying four blocks and one service ace in the 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21 win. Silva added 16 kills for Brazil, which finished the tournament with a record of 3-2.

Welissa Gonzaga scored 13 points, Fabiana Claudino added 12 and Paula Pequeno chipped in with 11 as the Brazilians used a balanced attack to hand the United States (2-3) its third-straight loss after starting the tournament with two consecutive wins.

Middle blocker Wiz Bachman led Team USA with 14 points on nine kills, four blocks and one ace, while Logan Tom posted 13 points on 13 kills.

Nancy Metcalf capped a solid tournament with 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace, while Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif./Long Beach State) also scored 10 points on eight kills and two blocks.

Tom was named the 'Best Receiver' of the tournament and libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas/Texas A&M), who had 14 digs on Sunday earned 'Best Digger' honors, based on total VIS statistics.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) also ranked third in tournament scoring (73 points), fourth in serving (0.43 aces per set) and seventh in attack percentage (.423). Metcalf (Hull, Iowa/Nebraska) finished third in attack percentage (.473) and fifth in total points (60). Bachman (Farmington, Minn./UCLA) finished sixth in blocks per set (0.57) and setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii/Minnesota) finished sixth in assists per set (7.10).

Team USA now travels to Russia to participate in an eight-team tournament with Azerbaijan, China, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Russia and Turkey from June 11-16 in the cities of Ekaterinburg and Nizhnyi Tagil.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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