USA Women Finish Second Round Of Grand Prix with Victory

July 20, 2004

Hong Kong - For the second-straight week, the United States found comfort in Thailand. Tayyiba Haneef scored a match-high 18 points to guide the USA women's national volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Thailand in World Grand Prix action Sunday at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.) pounded 15 kills with two blocks and one service ace in the 25-19, 25-14, 25-20 Pool E victory for the Americans, who lost to China in five sets on Saturday.

Last week, Team USA rebounded from a tough 3-2 loss to Cuba on Saturday, July 10 with a sweep of Thailand on July 11 to close out week one.

Former Cardinal Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 16 points and Danielle Scott ( Baton Rouge, La.) posted 11 points as the United States moved into fourth place in the overall World Grand Prix standings with a record of 4-2.

The top five ranked teams after pool play will advance to the championship round (July 27-Aug. 1) along with the host team, Italy.

Tom had 12 kills, three blocks and one ace while Scott chipped in with 10 kills and one block for the United States, which won Grand Prix championships in 1995 and 2001 and earned a bronze medal last year.

Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored seven points while Keba Phipps (Las Vegas, Nev.) added six points as Team USA improved its overall season record to 14-9.

Patcharee Sangmuang and Pleumjit Thinkaow each scored eight points to lead Thailand , which dropped to 1-5 after two weeks of the Grand Prix.

In other Pool E action on Sunday, China defeated Italy, 3-1, to improve its pool play record to 5-1 and solidify its third-place standing overall.

The United States now travels to Rostock, Germany, for the third round of this year,s Grand Prix, the premier annual women,s competition. Team USA will play Russia (3-3) on Thursday (July 22), Thailand on Friday (July 23) and Germany on Saturday (July 24) to close out pool play.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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