USA Women Clinch Berth In Grand Prix Final Round

July 25, 2003

Gioia del Colle, Italy - Nancy Metcalf scored a match-high 22 points to lead four players in double figures as the U.S. women's national volleyball team defeated Germany, 3-1, to improve to 4-0 at the 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix Friday evening at the Palazzo dello Sport. Former Cardinal All-American Logan Tom had 19 points on 11 kills, a match-high six blocks and two service aces in Friday night's win.

Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) had 20 kills and two blocks in the 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 33-31 victory in Pool A. With the win, the Americans clinched a berth in the final round of the tournament, which will begin on Monday, July 28. The top three teams in each pool advance to the final round.

The United States is the last remaining unbeaten team in the field after China lost later Friday night. Team USA will wrap up pool play on Saturday night with a match against defending world champion Italy in Matera.

Host Italy automatically qualifies for the final round, but if they fail to finish in the top three of their pool, they will replace the lowest ranked of the two third-placed teams. Gioia del Colle and Matera will host the final round, which will also be played in a round-robin format with three matches per day, from July 28-July 30.

On the final weekend, Aug 2-3, matches will be played in one of Italy's best Volleyball venues in Andria. The World Grand Prix champion will be decided on the best win-loss record.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 19 points on 11 kills, a match-high six blocks and two service aces in Friday night's win. Keba Phipps (Las Vegas, Nev.) added 15 points on 14 kills and one ace, while team captain Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in with 11 points.

'It was a strong match from both teams and we both attacked and defended well,' said Scott, who had six kills and five blocks as Team USA won its ninth straight match overall to improve to 13-6 on the season.

Angelina Grun scored 21 points on 18 kills, two blocks and one ace to lead Germany, which fell to 2-2 at the tournament. Kathy Radzuweit and Anika Schulz each scored 11 points, while Cornelia Dumler added 10 points in the loss.

In other Pool A action Friday, the Netherlands and Japan both rebounded from 0-2 deficits after two sets to stun Cuba and Italy, respectively. In Pool B, Brazil handed China its first loss of the tournament, 3-1, while Russia swept Canada and Korea routed Thailand, 3-0.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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