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Tom makes an immediate impact for U.S. volleyball

Gibbs reaches quarterfinals of USTA event

Stanford grad Logan Tom, who joined the Americans for the second preliminary round of the FIVB Grand Prix in Komaki, Japan, recorded six kills and two blocks and Team USA downed Dominican Republic, 25-22, 25-22, 25-10.

"(Tom) didn't play last weekend," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "We want to develop some of our younger outside hitters and thankfully they played well. Megan Hodge came in today and had a big impact. Logan is a big part of our team. She got off the plane on Wednesday and I'm sure she was jetlagged, but she did lots of little things today to make our team successful. And she also works hard to make those around her better players. That's very valuable for us."

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo added 12 points on eight kills, three blocks and an ace.

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking and defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions, improved to 4-0 in the tournament with 11 points through the first four matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round.

The Americans have won 15 consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix matches entering Saturday's game with the host Japanese.

"Our goal, as with the other teams, is to play good volleyball," McCutcheon said. "For us, we hope to keep improving from match to match. Our condition is okay and we hope that it will improve as the tournament goes on."

Through the first weekend, American Destinee Hooker ranks as the fourth-best scorer in the event with 50 points (40 kills, 7 blocks, 3 aces). Akinradewo,the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player, is tied for 15th in scoring with 42 points (25 kills, 14 blocks, 3 aces).

Akinradewo holds a 59.52 kill percent on 42 attempts which would lead all players, but does not meet the FIVB minimum requirement. Akinradewo ranks second in Best Blocker with 1.27 blocks per set.

Women's tennis

Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs reached the quarterfinals of the USTA National U18 Tennis Championships in San Diego Thursday following her 6-3, 6-0 victory over future Cardinal teammate Ellen Tsay at the Barnes Tennis Center.

The fourth-seeded Gibbs, who reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament in May, faces fifth-seeded Sachia Vickery Friday morning.

Gibbs finished the college season ranked 12th in the nation. Her 46 wins were the most at Stanford since Erin Burdette and Gabriela Lastra each did it in 2002. Gibbs was a finalist at the Girls' 18 Nationals last year.

Vickery, who reached the final at the 2010 International Spring Championships and the round

of 16 at the 2010 US Open juniors, has been playing a mixture of professional and junior events while battling injuries.

Tsay, with teammate Robin Anderson, advanced to the semifinals of the doubles tournament after beating 9-16 seed Kourtney Keegan and Megan Kurey, 6-1, 7-5, on Thursday.

The unseeded Tsay and Anderson have beaten three consecutive 9-16 seeds to reach the semis, where they will meet unseeded Jennifer Brady and Kendal Woodward, who knocked off the top-seeded duo in the first round.

Tsay may have a busy Friday, as she's also in the consolation round in singles and has a match scheduled for 9 a.m. A victory would mean another match at 12:30 p.m., before her scheduled doubles match.

In the girls' 16 consolation bracket, Menlo Park resident Mary Closs downed Kimmy Guerin, 6-0, 6-1, before losing to Lexi Borr, 6-1, 6-0.

Closs, a junior at St. Francis High, finished 5-2 in the championships.

Women's basketball

Stanford women's basketball associate head coach Amy Tucker was among the 16 individuals named members of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hall announced Wednesday.

Tucker and the Class of 2012 will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on May 19, 2012.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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