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Did you know? (Olympic Edition #4)

Logan and Serbian star Jovana Brakocevic are good buddies! They became friends while playing in China for Evergrande in the 2010-2011 season.

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Here are some pics of the two after the match. After their post-match stretching and cooldowns, the two walked off the court together. 

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US Women sweep Serbia to clinch Olympic Pool B top spot

US Women Clinch Olympic Pool B with Win

BY BILL KAUFFMAN | AUG 03, 2012, 12:00 AM ET

 Logan with 10 kills (44%), 2 blocks, 4 digs, 1 running set and 60% passing for USA. | Photos

 

LONDON (Aug. 3, 2012) – U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team took a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Serbia on Friday evening to clinch the top spot in Pool B of the Olympic Games being held in London.

Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world with a 27-1 record in 2012, remains undefeated in four pool matches heading into the final pool match on Sunday against Turkey at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Team USA is guaranteed the top spot and will face Pool A’s fourth-place team to open the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. Serbia, the reigning European champion, falls to 0-4 without a standing point.

“We are very happy with the win as Serbia is a dangerous team,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “From our history with them, we know they are a tough team.”

Hooker reached her 19 points with 12 kills on 21 attempts in addition to a match-high six blocks and an ace. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) picked up 12 points with 10 kills on 18 attacks and two blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted six kills on 14 attacks and five blocks for 11 points.

“It's amazing that we're through and have won the group but we have another chance on Saturday to get better as a team,” Berg said. “I like the momentum we have going. We will approach our match with Turkey just like any other match, that as a chance to learn and get better.”

"We just need to be consistent, make fewer errors and play the USA Volleyball way,” Akinradewo said on the team’s success and moving forward the rest of the tournament. “Team chemistry is important. Regardless of the sport, the team is the most important thing, and this group we have right now is amazing."

As far as the upcoming match against Turkey, Team USA will prepare as it has for the first four matches.

“We just need to play our game,” Akinradewo said. “No matter what team we play, they're going to want to beat USA. We've got that target on our backs.”

 

 

Did you know? (Olympic Edition #3)

Lindsey Berg wears the captain stripes for USA team while Logan acts as the alternate floor captain.

 

FIVB rules require that a team captain be on the court at all times. Whenever Berg leaves the court during matches (for substitutions), Logan is designated captain and takes on all duties and responsibilities as the actual captain in Berg's absence.

Have you noticed Logan acknowledging the designation as captain during matches?

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US Women Victorious over China

US Women Victorious over China

BY BILL KAUFFMAN | AUG 01, 2012, 12:00 AM ET

Logan with 5 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 8 digs, 4 running sets and 56% passing | Photos


LONDON (Aug. 1, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team defeated China , 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 on Wednesday at Earls court in a battle of unbeaten Olympic Games Pool B squads in London.

The U.S., now 3-0 with 6 points in Pool B, continues Pool B competition on Aug. 3 versus Serbia before concluding group play on Aug. 5 against Turkey. Both matches start at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). China is currently 2-1.

 

McCutcheon and Berg: Logan is the 'glue' that holds the team together

Olympics 2012: U.S women's volleyball routs Brazil
Published: Monday, July 30, 2012

By Michael C. Lewis
The Salt Lake Tribune

In a rematch of the gold-medal game from the Beijing Olympics, the former Salt Lake City resident helped the Americans make fairly short work of the Brazilians in a preliminary-round game at Earls Court, winning 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 on Monday night and validating their No. 1 world ranking.

It was also their sixth straight victory over the defending champions, though, which is why it wasn’t as big a deal to Tom and her teammates as history might suggest.

"We play against Brazil all the time," she said. "Every year. I’ve played with them. A lot of them are my friends. I talk to them throughout the year. When we step on the court, yeah, we want to win and we’re very competitive, as teams, as players, as professionals. But after the game I give them a kiss and say good job. They’re great people."

And Tom, a great player.

Now playing in her fourth Olympics, she began her career shortly after graduating from Highland High School and embarking on an All-American college career at Stanford.


"I think our best is yet to come," McCutcheon said. "I really do. There’s phases of the game that we can improve on, and we need to improve on, actually, because every team, over the course of this thing, gradually gets a little bit better as they work out the kinks."

 

The Americans are now a mix of old and new, with five players on the 12-woman roster back from Beijing.

Tom is no longer the star of the show, though, with that mantle having been passed to 24-year-old sensation Destinee Hooker, who had 23 points in the latest triumph over the Brazilians. Tom had 12, including a gentle tip shot over the blocking wall for the match-winner — a stark contrast to all of the pounding blasts she couldn’t get through at the end, four years ago.

"I call her the glue," coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "She holds this team together."

"She keeps us together and gels the team," setter Lindsey Berg said. "She’s not our go-to hitter anymore, maybe, the way she was in Beijing and Athens and Sydney. But without Logan, we can’t run our offense. She passes half the court almost, she makes plays that nobody else I think in the world makes. She’s one of the smartest volleyball players that has been, in the women’s game."

And she’s surely hoping to cap a wondrous international career — presuming it ends after London; she hasn’t said — with the gold medal that has eluded her for so long.

 

For now, though, the Americans are preaching a one-at-a-time motto, knowing they still have three more preliminary round games before reaching the knockout stages. Unbeaten China looms in their next match Wednesday, with Russia and Italy also potential threats from the other group.

"It’s a big deal to get a win, in any match," she said. "Every match. … Anytime we step on this court, we want to send a message to the other teams, to ourselves, that we believe in ourselves and we trust one another and — gosh, it’s so incredible playing with this team.

"I don’t think I’ve seen our peak yet, the whole quad," she added. "And that’s exciting. And scary, because I think we’re amazing."

 

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…

 

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