Tom serves USA past Germany at FIVB event


Stanford grad Logan Tom had eight kills, three blocks and three aces as the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team defeated Germany, 25-10, 25-18, 25-23, on Friday to begin Pool J of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Hong Kong.

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking and defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions, is now 6-1 overall with 17 points and two matches remaining in the preliminary round. The Americans are currently in third place in the 16-team tournament.

Team USA concludes the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round against Italy on Saturday and Peru on Sunday. The top seven teams advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with host China.

The U.S. started the first set with a 7-0 lead on the serve of Tom, who was on the service line as part of a 6-0 run that stretched the lead to 21-9 as the Americans won 25-10.

"We had very strong defense and did very well on the service line," coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "I am very satisfied with my players' performance. They played better than before and achieved our goal of keep improving. Germany is a very strong team and we are happy to win. We have to get ready now for Italy."

Destinee Hooker led all scorers with 17 points on 15 kills via 32 attacks and one error, one block and one ace.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded a match-high six blocks to go with five kills and an ace for 12 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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