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Americans down Kazakhstan in three

Logan Tom has been a key factor in the last two victories of USA with her overall skills and experience

Matsumoto, Japan, November 2, 2010 – The United States maintained their 100 per cent record in Group C of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship with a clinical 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) win over Kazakhstan at the Matsumoto City Gymnasium on Sunday. The USA are now 4-0 while Kazakhstan fell to 0-4.

Destinee Hooker and Logan Tom led the American scoring with 15 and 13 points respectively, while Jordan Larson added 9. Sana Jarlagassova top-scored for Kazakhstan with 10 points.

Both teams started out slowly and the scores were level at 5-5. A thumping Tom serve put the Americans 7-5 up and an equally telling blow by Hooker widened the gap. Successive spikes by Hooker, Larson and Foluke Akinradewo prompted Kazakhstan coach Nelli Chsherbakova to call a timeout with the score at 11-6. While Sana Jarlagassova and Olga Nassedkina were able to land spikes for Kazakhstan, the Kazaks weren't helped by three errors en route to the USA taking a six-point lead at the second technical timeout. Stacy Sykora showed the Americans weren't resting on their laurels with a stunning diving recovery that helped her team to a 19-11 lead, while Kazakhstan's Jarlagassova sent down three good spikes to show that the Kazaks were able to attack. But not quite like their opponents. Korinna Ishimtseva plunked a serve into the net to hand the Americans set-point and, after confusion in the Kazakhstan defence, Heather Bown put the USA 1-0 up with a strong instinctive hit at the net.

Tom got the Americans moving in the second set with a big blast followed by a slower, well-placed shot while Kazakhstan were plagued by errors. After two massive strikes by Hooker put the USA 10-6 up, the Americans lost their way as errors crept into their game. The Kazaks pulled to within two points at 15-13, but then the Americans found their mojo again and pulled away. They earned set-point when Nassedkina netted a serve and went 2-0 up on a spike by Akinradewo from a short set by Alisha Glass.
Kazakhstan started the third set brightly, with Lyudmila Anarbeyeva landing a couple of decent spikes, but the USA responded with some well-placed shots that the Kazaks struggled to return. The Americans were four points clear at the first TTO, a lead they soon stretched to 12-6. The Kazaks kept plugging away, while the Americans weren't at the top of their game, which meant the USA weren't able to run away with the match. Jarlagassova landed more spikes, but Hooker responded with a spike and a good block on Olessya Arslanova. Anarbayeva landed a couple of shots as Kazakhstan staged a mini-rally from 20-12 to 20-16, but Larson helped steer the USA to victory. A well-placed shot by Larson gave the Americans match-point and she sealed victory with a spike down the middle.

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