PRESS RELEASE 30.09.2003


USA Women fall to Brazil in Texas Tour Opener

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 30, 2003 Ana Chagas scored a match-high 17 points to lead three players in to double figures as the Brazilian women's Volleyball team defeated the United States 3-0 in Texas on Tuesday.

Chagas had 16 kills and one block in Brazil's 26-24, 25-16, 27-25 victory in the first of four matches between the two teams on their current USA tour.

The tour resumes on Wednesday with a match in Fort Worth.

Valeska Menezes scored 15 points on 12 kills, three blocks and a hitting percentage of .667, while Erika Coimbra tallied 13 points on 11 kills and two service aces for the Brazilians, who defeated the Americans to capture the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Tayyiba Haneef scored 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks to lead the United States, which had its six-match winning streak snapped as its season record fell to 20-10.

Logan Tom and Nancy Metcalf scored eight points apiece in the loss. Tom had six kills, one block and one ace, while Metcalf had six kills and two blocks.

USA middle blocker Heather Bown added seven points on six kills and one block.

Texas native Stacy Sykora, a two-time All-American at Texas A&M, started at libero for Team USA and registered a team-high 11 digs.