USA Women Edge Thailand In Five Sets At Grand Prix

July 26, 2004

Rostock, Germany - One night after clinching a spot in the final round of the World Grand Prix, the USA women's national volleyball team almost let one slip away.

Up 2-0 after two sets against Thailand in the third meeting between these two teams at the tournament, Team USA dropped sets three and four before dominating the fifth set and posting a 3-2 win on Friday night at Stadthalle Rostock.

Tayyiba Haneef scored a team-high 16 points to lead three players in double figures as the United States earned a 25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 15-5 victory to improve to 6-2 at the tournament.

Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.) had 15 kills and one block as the Americans won their third match in three weeks over Thailand. The first two wins were by 3-0 scores.

Former Stanford University teammates Logan Tom and Ogonna Nnamani scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, as the United States won its third-straight match to improve its overall season record to 16-9.

Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 12 kills and three blocks while playing just the first two sets and maintained her status as the tournament's top scorer with 145 points (120 kills, 15 blocks, 10 service aces).

Nnamani (Normal, Ill.) had 11 kills and two blocks. As a team, the United States outblocked Thailand 19-6. Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.) led the way with a match-high four blocks as part of her nine total points.

Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Keba Phipps (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in with seven points apiece for Team USA, which will play Germany on Saturday to close out preliminary play.

Patcharee Sangmuang scored a match-high 19 points while Nurak Nokputta registered 17 points to lead Thailand, which dropped to 1-7 overall at the Grand Prix.

Germany edged Russia (3-5) in five sets in the second match at Stadthalle Rostock on Friday night to improve to 4-4 overall and needs a victory against the United States on Saturday to clinch a spot in the final round.

courtesy of USA Volleyball