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USA win 3-1 over Bulgaria in Match 2 of the Challenge Series
U.S. Women Win Second Match Over Bulgaria
B.J. Hoeptner Evans July 17, 2012
Logan with 13 kills, 1 block and 1 ace in the winning effort
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 16, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team improved to 2-0 in its three-match Bulgaria Challenge Series with a 25-14, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Bulgaria on Monday at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The U.S. Women, who head to London next Friday for the 2012 Olympic Games that start July 28, are playing their first home matches since the Pan American Cup in Miami and FIVB World Championship NORCECA Qualification Tournament in Orlando in the summer of 2009. The USA-Bulgaria Challenge Series, co-hosted by the City of Anaheim where the U.S. Women's and Men's National Teams train, continues on July 18 with matches at the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus. The final match of the series begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by going to usctrojans.com/usa.
The U.S. Women, ranked No. 1 in the world, dominated Bulgaria in blocks (19-6) and also led in kills (58-51) and aces (4-2).
“This building is amazing,” said U.S. libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) who played college volleyball at USC. “I dreamed of playing in it, but it was not built when I was here.
“Right now we are trying to improve by millimeters. It could be the difference in a close match.”
Opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 17 kills and four blocks. Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added 16 points on 12 attacks, three blocks and one ace.
Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) totaled 15 points on 13 attacks, one block and one ace. Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) finished with 10 points on four kills, a match-high five blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) tallied nine points on five attacks and four stuff blocks.
Opposite Tayiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) totaled eight points on six attacks and two blocks. Setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) added two points on one attack and one ace.
U.S. libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) finished with 17 digs.
Berg set the U.S. Women to a 42.2 kill percent and a .358 hitting efficiency. Bulgaria’s kill percent was 36.6 and its hitting efficiency was .367.
More USA quotes courtesy of FoxNews:
"We have a philosophy that you just go for every point, every play, you stay and do everything that you can to better the play and be focused on the next point," said middle blocker Danielle Scott-Arruda, who will be making her fifth Olympic team in London.
The simplistic approach has the Americans as one of the favorites to win gold in London, but the mindset of the team heading into the Olympics is not on gold or the results.
"Obviously, it's a goal," said outside hitter Logan Tom, who is headed to her fourth Olympics. "You don't do that just for that, because you'll never get it.
"We do it because we made a commitment to each other. It's going to (stink) really bad if we don't get it and it's going to hurt but what I feel with this team is we've done everything we possibly could."
Said McCutcheon, "With this group, I think it's not so much about the result but it's about being good over time and making all of those things happen that we've practiced day in and day out now for four years."
USA's Lindsey Berg talks about the Olympic Team on The Net Live
Monday, 16 July 2012 23:06
USA win in 5 to start the Challenge Series vs Bulgaria
Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:54
U.S. Women Takes the 5th Over Bulgaria
Logan with 8 kills, 3 aces and 1 block
ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 14, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team started its three-match Bulgaria Challenge Series with a hard-fought 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11 victory over the visitors in front of an over-flowing crowd of 1,200 at Canyon High School Saturday evening in Anaheim, Calif.
The U.S. Women, which head to London next Friday for the Olympic Games that start July 28, were playing their first home match since the Pan American Cup in Miami and FIVB World Championship NORCECA Qualification Tournament in Orlando in the summer of 2009. The USA-Bulgaria Challenge Series, co-hosted by the City of Anaheim where the U.S. Women's and Men's National Teams train, continues on July 16 and July 18 with matches at the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus. Both matches start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by going to usctrojans.com/usa.
“It was nice to play in front of a home crowd for once,” Larson said. “I have not played in front of a home crowd in the United States since college. And the fans were great tonight – they definitely helped us in key moments of the match.”
As a first-time Olympian, Akinradewo is taking hype of the Olympics in stride.
“I am taking it all in one day at a time,” Akinradewo said. “As Hugh has told us many times, it is just another tournament with a lot of extra fluff. We have a great core group of players over the last four years, and if we focus on what we have learned during that time, we should do well.”
A chance to see both USA Volleyball teams in Anaheim
Sunday, 15 July 2012 01:04
ANAHEIM, CA - (July 13, 2012) - Anaheim is the Official Host City for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams, and in just 14 days, the teams from Anaheim will represent the United States at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Local residents have a few final opportunities to see the teams before they depart for London, both in an exhibition competition series, and at a send-off celebration and autograph session in Anaheim at Downtown Disney.
The Women’s Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, looks to improve upon its 2008 Olympic Games Silver Medal this year in London. The Men’s Team, Gold Medal champions at the 2008 Olympic Games, recently captured the Silver Medal at the 2012 FIVB World League championship and is ranked No. 5 in the world.
Since 2006 Anaheim has been identified as a United States city with international sports distinction and American pride experienced every four years through the phenomenon of the Olympic Games. The Men’s Team moved its training headquarters to Anaheim from Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2006, followed by the Women’s Team in 2009.
Women’s Team to play three-match exhibition series
The U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team, as nominated to the United States Olympic Committee, will host the Bulgarian National Team in a three-match exhibition series before heading to London for the Olympic Games. For a flyer, click here. The match dates, times and locations are as follows:
July 14 - 7 p.m.
July 16 and 18 – 7 p.m.
Send-off celebration on July 17
In addition, both teams will be represented at a send-off celebration on Tuesday, July 17 at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Players will sign autographs and meet their fans in front of ESPN Zone from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and fans can sign a banner wishing the local athletes success as they compete on the world’s stage in London. Parking at Downtown Disney is free for the first three hours.
For more information and to learn about the athletes representing Anaheim and the U.S. this summer in London, please visit www.anaheim.net/usav
Logan in VolleyballUSA Magazine's London Olympic Preview
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:17
Check out your VolleyballUSA Magazine (Summer 2012 edition) for the London Olympic Preview, including an interview of Logan. Source
Logan and team USA trying to speak cockney rhyming slang - Chicken Oriental
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 21:02
Logan (and other athletes) try to talk Cockney as they prepare for the London Olympics! lol
The translation of the phrase means: "You can go mad in celebration if you win a medal!"
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