U.S. Wins Three More With Help Of Stanford Players

June 30, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - With the help of four current and former Stanford players, the U.S. Women's National Team claimed three more wins this weekend as part of the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix. Competing in the second weekend of pool play in Wroclaw, Poland, the U.S. topped Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Poland.

In the first match on Friday, the U.S. best Thailand, 25-18, 25-17, 26-28, 25-13. Stanford's Logan Tom, who did not play the first weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix, led the U.S. with 17 points on 13 kills, three blocks and an ace, while Cynthia Barboza charted three points with a block in a reserve role.

In the next match, Team USA swept the Dominican Republic, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20. Tom delivered nine kills on 18 attacks and a block for 10 points.

Tom was back to lead the U.S. to victory in the third match on Sunday as well. She totaled 13 kills, two aces and a block for 16 points in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 sweep. She also totaled seven digs and 14 excellent service receptions without an error on 21 attempts.

Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo and Kristin Richards were also on the roster that competed in the second weekend of the event.

The U.S., which now boasts a 5-1 record in the Grand Prix, concludes the preliminary round matches in Group H in Taipei this weekend against Poland, Turkey and Italy. A roster for that trip will be announced later this week.

The FIVB World Grand Prix finals, a round-robin format of the top five teams from the preliminary round plus host Japan, will be played July 9-13 in Yokohoma, Japan. The overall ranking in the preliminary rounds is decided by the total number of World Grand Prix Points (GPP) gained by the teams in the preliminary matches. A team will earn two GPPs for a win, one for a loss and none if they forfeit the match.

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