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U.S. Women Sweep Korea and will Compete for Gold

U.S. Women To Compete for Gold

BY BILL KAUFFMAN | AUG 09, 2012, 12:00 AM ET

Logan Tom with six kills, 1 block, 1 ace, 4 digs, 3 sets and 66.67% passing in the win | Photos

USA advance to the Olympic Games gold-medal match for the second straight time with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory over No. 15 Korea Thursday afternoon in the semifinal round at Earls Court in London.

“Korea is a tough team,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We have said this from the beginning press conference. I thought our team battled and needed to battle to win tonight. They create a lot of troubles with good serving, defense and of their offense is tough to stop. They were good at exploiting some of our weaknesses, but luckily we were able to make some adjustments. Our athletes played with a lot of heart, and I am really proud of our team and how they competed.”

“The crowd is very loud and very energetic,” Hooker said. “We hear it more when we walk out on the court at the beginning of the game. During the game it’s like, ‘Look, we’re all here on the court. We need to figure things out and go from there.’”

“I think we came out a little bit tight to tell you the truth,” said Logan Tom, a four-time Olympian. “We made some errors. We weren’t moving very well. We didn’t have our usual rhythm. I think we just picked it up. We needed a little bit of time to get accustomed to it. I think we do a really good job when it comes to that. I get nervous when I don’t have a match like that.”

“I thought (Lindsey) did a great job tonight,” McCutcheon said. “We were very happy with her performance. Of course there were doubts (on whether she would play). She was hurt. We will evaluate tonight and see how she looks and maybe even see how she is tomorrow. She ran around a little last night and it looked promising. We chatted late last night and early this morning and things seemed to be on plan so we decided to go with it.”

“I feel amazing,” Berg said after the match. “My team helped me out a lot and I didn’t have to run around. I feel way better than I expected. I am just going to give it my all. If I can’t walk after Saturday’s match, I don’t care.”

“We didn't play our best match, not the best of the tournament and hopefully we are saving that for the gold-medal match,” Berg said. “We played great after 20 points, and that's what makes a winning team win. We stuck together as a team and found a way to win."


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)



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."


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