Stanford grad Logan Tom recorded 17 kills in helping the U.S. women's national volleyball team beat Italy, 26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15, on Friday during Pool D action of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand.
Tom, the Best Scorer at the 2008 Olympic Games in which Team USA won the silver medal, took last year off to play this past winter in the prestigious Italian Serie A league with Asystel Volley Novara and with Hisamitsu Springs of the Japan V-League after the 2008 Olympics.
"I'm happy to win the match," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "We could control the game. Logan Tom is very helpful for the win. I wish our team could make it to the Final six teams. Now, we have to focus on the next match against hosts Thailand."
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo had five kills, five blocks and a service ace for a total of 11 points.
Team USA dominated the net with a 28-7 advantage in blocks. Italy had a 57-53 advantage in kills and benefited from 23 U.S. errors. The U.S. had a .242 hitting efficiency.
Men's beach volleyball
Brazil's fifth-seeded Pedro Salgado and Harley Marques advanced to the fourth round of the $380,000 Otera Open in Kristiansand, Norway, defeating the fourth-seeded U.S. team of Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena, 21-19, 21-17 in 45 minutes, Friday.
The Brazilians meet the top ranked U.S. team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers on Saturday.
Fuerbringer and Lucena will play 15th-seeded Bo Soderberg and Anders Lund Hoyer of Denmark in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
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