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Tom says group spirit is a main asset of Team USA

Tom picks group spirit as main asset of Team USA on quest for Olympic gold

Wing spiker Logan Tom is a key member of the US American team that on Monday afternoon cruised to a 3-1 win over Brazil to claim the real highlight of the day at Earls Court


London, Great Britain, July 30, 2012 – Team USA re-asserted its credentials for Olympic gold this afternoon at Earls Court by displaying a terrific performance to edge Brazil 3-1 in what was the most anticipated match of the day.

Logan Tom, 31, is participating in her fourth Olympics in London and is definitely chasing her Olympic dream after having to be content with silver four years ago in Beijing.

“I think the strength of this group is that we are very close, so this relationship really makes the difference out there on the court. It was not like that at the beginning, but we have gotten very close and even if an individual has ups and downs, the others are there to help and compensate for it. This is a really nice group and I am proud of being part of it”.

Tom, who was born in Napa, California, spent the last season in Turkey where she helped Fenerbahce claim Europe’s most elitist competition, the CEV Volleyball Champions League, thereby completing a chase that had been lasting for the last three seasons. There she played together with Korean star Kim Yeon-Koung, who ammassed a terrific haul of 34 points to anchor her side to a 3-1 win over Serbia in the morning session at Earls Court.

Invited by the FIVB to attend a special media event in connection with the “Heroes” campaign, Kim mentioned there that Tom is the player she looks at when it comes to an inspirational figure. Informed about the statement given by the Korean scoring machine, Tom laughs and says: “Oh, I am glad that she said that; she is an amazing person and an outstanding player. She is still very young and will be a major star for the years to come”.

On Saturday Team USA opened its Olympic campaign by edging Korea 3-1 and Tom agrees it looked a little strange to see her Korean friend standing on the other side of the net after spending the last season together.

Even though she scored “only” 12 points on Monday afternoon against Brazil, with Team USA paced by Destinee Hooker and Jordan Larson with 23 and 18 respectively, Tom looked like one of the real leaders of the group, making sure they were all sticking together to go for the win.

She agrees with team captain Lindsey Berg who on Saturday had stated she does not realize the rookies of the group are making their Olympic debut here in London. “Yes, that’s true. They all play with great confidence, they have got that fire and fighting spirit that certainly helps go straight for the maximum goal. I know some people think this match with Brazil was a kind of pre-final, but we just want to take it match by match. We were assigned to a very strong Pool and I can only say I hope on that day where Olympic gold will be at stake, we’ll be part of the show. On the other hand, the opponent may be Brazil or some other teams, as there are many squads that can have a shot at the medals here in London”.

A very talented athlete – she competed also in basketball and track & field while attending Highland High School in Salt Lake City – Logan may crown an already memorable season that includes also the FIVB World Grand Prix title with the only medal that can contribute immortal glory.

Olympic gold will be at stake on August 11 and Team USA has a mission to accomplish…

 

U.S. Win Pick Up Key Win Over Brazil

U.S. Win Pick Up Key Win Over Brazil

JUL 30, 2012, 3:40 PM ET | Bill Kauffman

Logan with 12 kills (41%), 13 digs, 4 running sets and 78% passing for USA | Photos


LONDON (July 30, 2012) – In the much anticipated Olympic Games Pool B match, the No. 1 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team defeated No. 2 Brazil 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 on Monday afternoon at Earls Court in London.

The U.S., now 2-0 with six points in Pool B, continues Pool B competition on Aug. 1 versus No. 3 China (2-0, 6 points) at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Brazil is now 1-1 with two points.

“As a team we played well and improved from the first match,” Tom said. “Brazil is good technically and is fiery, so when they got ahead it was hard to catch up.”

 

Did you know? (Olympic Edition #2)

Logan speaks Portuguese and is friends with a few of the Brazilian athletes.

Here's a couple of pics of Logan hanging out with Fabiana (Brazil's Captain) last season.

USA meets BRAZIL later today! Go USA!

 

Did you know? (Olympic Edition #1)

When USA and South Korea met last night on the first day of Volleyball play, Logan was playing against a friend across the net. And after, Logan and Korean star Kim Yeon Koung gave each other a kiss on the cheek during post-match handshakes. They became friends while playing together at Fenerbahce the past year.

 

Here are a couple of pics that Yeon posted on Facebook last season

 

Good luck to Logan and Yeon for the rest of the tournament!

 

U.S. Women Block Korea in Olympic Opener

U.S. Women Block Korea in Olympic Opener

BY BILL KAUFFMAN | JUL 28, 2012

Logan with 8 kills, 1 block, 8 digs and 83.33% (20/24) passing in the win | Photos

LONDON (July 28, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team started its 2012 Olympic Games campaign by defeating Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 with a 15-1 block advantage on Saturday evening at Earls Court in London.

The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world, continues Pool B competition on July 30 versus No. 2 Brazil at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT). Brazil opens the Olympic Games later tonight against Turkey in the final match of the day.

“We are obviously excited to open our pool with a win,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “It was a very tough game and Korea made us work a lot. We did some things pretty well, but I have also seen room for improvement. Overall it was a good performance and I am evidently happy with the result because we have started with a win. The players responded well especially after dropping the third set and they turned it around in a very good way to finish it off in the fourth set.”

 

Hugh talks about Logan and USA team in the Olympics

Read what USA's coach Hugh McCutcheon has to say about Logan and USA in the Olympics

 

U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Looking to Create a New Story

Bill Kauffman | July 26, 2012 3:11 AM

USA Coach Hugh McCutcheon:

 “Logan is a wonderful volleyball player, and I have said this before, she is the best volleyball IQ I have ever coached. She sees the game, she reads the game better than anyone else out there as a player. She is creative and has a lot of skill. 

One of the things that is really important for our group is that she is really involved in terms of her ability to lead this team and to be a great teammate to help those around her with all those years of experience. She has become a really positive influence on our younger players. 

We are really happy that Logan is still going. We are really happy she is on our team. Like many people on this team, she has a significant role and she is doing a great job for us.”

 “When you get to competing in the Olympic Games, having gone through it a couple times and having some success and having a feel for what works and doesn’t is an advantage. I don’t mean to suggest that this is algorithmic that you plug in A and get B. But I think there are some lessons learned that will apply in this campaign.”

 “I think we are capable of playing some really good volleyball when we are playing great. There are no easy matches. We don’t expect any easy matches. We are trying to win the biggest event of our quadrennial. The challenge is real and we embrace that challenge. We are ready to battle. We want to be here. We have worked hard to be here. We think we are playing our best volleyball of the quad.”

 

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