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US Women Defeat Dominicana to Advance to Semis!

US Women Advance to Semis!

BY BILL KAUFFMAN | AUG 07, 2012, 12:00 AM ET

Logan with 4 kills, 1 ace, a team-high 14 digs and 52.38% passing for USA | Photos

 

LONDON (Aug. 7, 2012) – The top-ranked U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team advanced to the 2012 Olympic Games semifinal round for the fourth straight time with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 victory over NORCECA rival Dominican Republic in the knockout quarterfinal round on Tuesday at Earls Court in London.

The U.S. Women, which is 6-0 at the 2012 London Games and 29-1 overall this year, will now face Korea on Thursday at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. PT). Team USA, the only undefeated team in the Olympic Games women’s volleyball competition, topped Korea in four sets to open the 2012 Olympic Games.

The other semifinal will pit Japan against defending Olympic Games champion Brazil. Both teams won extended five-set quarterfinal matches as the lower seed over China and Russia, respectively.

 

Olympic Quarterfinal matches are set: USA meets Dominicana

FIVB released the Quarterfinal draw and schedules. 

Women's Quarterfinals:

August 7

15.00 Russia (A1) - Brasil (B4)
13.00 Japan (A3) - China (B2)
21.00 Italy (A2) - S. Korea (B3)
19.00 USA (B1) - Dominicana (A4)

Go USA!

 

USA sweep Pool B with win over Turkey

US Women Sweep Pool B with win over Turkey


BY BILL KAUFFMAN | AUG 05, 2012, 12:00 AM ET

Logan with 5 kills, 1 block, 9 digs, 4 running sets and 65.38% passing for USA | Photos

 

LONDON (Aug. 5, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team started slow and finished strong to defeat Turkey 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 Sunday evening to finish the Olympic Games Pool B undefeated at Earls Court in London.

Team USA, which had already sewn up the top seed in the pool regardless of the outcome with Turkey, concludes Pool B with 15 points and a 5-0 record. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world, will face NORCECA rival Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PT). Dominican Republic finished Pool A with a 2-3 record and in fourth place.

Turkey, ranked eighth in the world, finished Pool B with a six points and a 2-3 record. Turkey needed to win to assure a spot in the quarterfinals. After Brazil (7 points, 3-2) defeated Serbia (0 points, 0-5) in straight sets to conclude all group play, Turkey was eliminated and the defending Olympic Games champion gained the last spot into the quarterfinals.

Other quarterfinal matches will have Pool A winner Russia (15 points, 5-0) facing Pool B fourth-place Brazil (7 points, 3-2) at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. PT), Pool B second-place China (9 points, 3-2) challenging Pool A third-place Japan (9 points, 3-2) at 1 p.m. (5 a.m. PT) and Pool A second-place Italy (13 points, 4-1) versus Pool B third-place Korea (8 points, 2-3) at 9 p.m. local time (1 p.m. PT).

“To me one of the important characteristics of a great team is how they perform when there is nothing on the line.”

"I thought our team really honored the moment of competition tonight. Like the true Olympians they are, they came and battled tonight. I am really proud of that and happy with the performance. I think we even got a little better tonight in a few areas. That is what we are always trying to do with each match – get better.”

 - U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)

“We played for ourselves,” Berg said in regards to having already qualified as the top seed into the quarterfinals regardless of tonight’s match. “We didn't want to dilly-dally because there would be no benefit in that. We needed to keep in our rhythm."

“We have got better with each of the five matches,” said Team USA five-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.). “Turkey came out strong, but we were able to regroup whenever we went behind. I've played in four overseas Olympic Games and never heard such huge support from American followers in the crowd - it's given us a great lift.”

 

US women's volleyball player Logan Tom embraces role as 'glue' of the team

US women's volleyball player Logan Tom embraces role as 'glue' of the team

AUGUST 5, 2012 | Anne M. Peterson 

LONDON — Coach Hugh McCutcheon affectionately calls Logan Tom the "glue" of the U.S. women's volleyball team. One of the team's Beijing standouts, now she's a mentor to the team's younger stars.

It's a steady presence he needs.

"She holds this team together," McCutcheon said about the four-time Olympian.

It's a different role for the 6-foot-1 outside hitter, who was the top scorer at the Beijing Games. Her experience is something that helps guide players like Destinee Hooker and Jordan Larson, fast becoming key parts of the London squad.

"That's my job right now: Make sure everything is smooth and make sure all the girls' heads are OK," Tom said.

The top-ranked United States is one of the favorites at the London Games and has won all four of its preliminary round matches, dropping just two sets. Tom and Larson both have 42 points, tied for third in scoring behind Hooker with 85 and Foluke Akinradewo with 45.

Larson, who is making her Olympic debut in London, said Tom's influence is invaluable.

"I always looked up to Logan when I was a kid, and now that I get to play next to her its such a cool feeling," Larson said. "She's so helpful and she has so much experience I can gain from. I'm really thankful for that."

The team has already captured the top seed in its pool to advance to the quarterfinals, but wraps up the preliminary round on Sunday with a match against Turkey.

The U.S. women have never won a gold medal in indoor volleyball. The team fell just short at the Beijing Games under coach Lang Ping, taking home the silver after falling in the final to Brazil.

In London, the women defeated the Brazilians 3-1 in the preliminary round, and now the defending gold medalists are in danger of being eliminated.

China, Serbia, Turkey and South Korea are also in the pool with the United States and Brazil. Japan, Russia, Italy, Algeria, the Dominican Republic and Britain make up the other group.

The top four teams in each pool, based on a points system, advance to the quarterfinals — essentially, the knockout round — which starts Tuesday.

Tom is the daughter of the late Mel Tom, who played nine years in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. She grew up in Salt Lake City and was a three-sport star — in volleyball, basketball and track — in high school.

Tom went on to become a two-time national volleyball player of the year while at Stanford, and in 2001 led the Cardinal to the NCAA championship over previously undefeated Long Beach State.

She was the youngest woman to be named to the U.S. women's Olympic team when she was selected for the 2000 Sydney games.

In Beijing, she scored 124 points and started in all 33 sets for the United States.

Like most of the elite volleyball players in the United States, Tom plays professionally overseas. Last season she played in Turkey for Fenerbahce, which won the CEV Volleyball Champions League. South Korean star Kim Yeon-Koung, who is also playing in the Olympics, is a teammate on Fenerbahce and said recently that Tom was her favorite player.

But Tom isn't completely settled into her new role bringing along the team's rookies. She's still aiming for a gold — and she's willing to work for it.

"If it was destiny we'd be sitting here and waiting for it to happen," she said. "I think we're going out and grabbing it."

 

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.”

 

 

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