USA Women Advance to Eltsin Cup Championship Semifinals

June 16, 2003

Nizhnyi Tagil, Russia - Ekaterina Gamova scored a match-high-tying 17points to lead Russia to a sweep of the USA women's national volleyballteam as pool play concluded at the Eltsin Cup tournament in Russia lateFriday night.

Gamova had 11 kills, three blocks and three service aces in the 25-23, 26-24, 25-16 win for the Russians, who finished pool play with a perfect 3-0mark and earned a top seed in Sunday's championship semifinals.

Evguenia Artamonova added 14 points on 13 kills and one block, whileAnastasia Belikova and Elizaveta Tichtchenko each scored seven points.

Former Cardinal All-American Logan Tom scored 17 points to lead the United States, who finished poolplay with a 2-1 record. Team USA, which clinched a berth in thechampionship semifinals on Thursday by virtue of a 3-2 win over Turkey,is the No. 2 team from Pool B and will face China (Pool A No. 1) in thesemifinals on Sunday after a rest day on Saturday.

Russia will face a surprising Azerbaijan squad that finished No. 2 inPool B in Sunday's other championship semifinal.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Stanford) had 12 kills, three aces and twoblocks in the loss as the United States evened its season record at 4-4.

Wiz Bachman (Farmington, Minn./UCLA) scored six points on three kills,two aces and one block, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif./Hawai'i)and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa/Nebraska) each added five points.

In Thursday's win over Turkey, Team USA rebounded from an 0-2 deficitafter two sets to pull out a 14-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-10 win. Tomscored a team-high 17 points on 11 kills, four blocks and two aces.

Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La./Long Beach State) posted 16 points on 14kills and two blocks, while Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo./Long BeachState) notched a career-high 11 points on nine kills and two aces.

Neslihan Demir scored a match-high 26 points on 20 kills and six aces tolead Turkey, while Aysun Ozbek added 17 points on 11 kills, a match-highfive blocks and one ace.

The Americans have reached the championship semifinals of a tournamentfor the second straight week. The team finished fourth at the MontreuxVolley Masters in Switzerland last week after falling to Russia in thesemifinals and losing to Brazil in the third-place match.

The final round of the Eltsin Cup is scheduled for Monday, June 16. TeamUSA will return to Colorado Springs, Colo., following the conclusion ofthe tournament to begin preparations for the Pan American Cup in Mexico(June 30-July 5), which serves as a continental qualifier for the 2004World Grand Prix.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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