U.S.A. beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-20,
28-26) - duration 1.20
03-Aug, start time: 13.07, end time: 14.27 - Attendance: 540
USA claim Bronze
with Netherlands victory
women’s national volleyball team entered the 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix ranked
third in the world. They exited the Grand Prix true to rank claiming the Bronze
with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 28-26) victory over the Netherlands.
Team USA placed four players in double-figures
in the match, led by Danielle Scott’s (Baton Rouge, La.) 15 points on 10 kills
and a match-high five blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 12 points,
while Keba Phipps (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 11 followed by Heather Bown (Yorba
Linda, Calif.) with 10 points.
were led in scoring by Francien Huurman with a match-high 19 points on 19 kills
in the loss.
“It was a great win,” said USA libero Stacy
Sykora (Burleson, Texas). “We are happy with third, but we will work hard every
day to improve our status at every tournament."
finished second in the tournament’s “Best Digger” standings. Scott finished
ranked second in the “Best Blocker” category.
In other matches today, China stopped Russia’s
hope for back-to-back Grand Prix titles with an easy 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-21)
victory. The two teams were 5-0 in the final round heading in to the match. Host
Italy defeated Korea 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13) in a battle for the
tournament’s fifth-place position.
Team USA will be off until September 22, 2003,
when they play in the NORCECA Zone Continental Championship. This event will
serve as a qualifier for the 2003 FIVB World Cup. The top three teams at the
World Cup will qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.