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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Volleyball: U.S. women drive past Germany

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 04:09 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - The U.S. women's volleyball team was a winner in four sets over Germany on Monday at the Summer Olympics.

The U.S. kept the pressure on to pull out a victory by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 22-25 and 27-25. It marked the first win for the Americans as they dropped their opening match against China in four sets on Saturday.

Tayyiba Haneef scored 19 points and Keba Phipps scored 16, while Logan Tom had 14 to help Team USA to Monday evening's win.

Haneef's 17th kill of the night on match point in the fourth set put the exclamation point on Team USA's triumph.

"It was very good for us to win tonight," said USA team captain Tara Cross- Battle, who scored three points off the bench. "Germany is a very strong team. I think they will probably be underestimated by a lot of teams. Considering we just played them in the Grand Prix we knew that they were going to be tough to beat.

"It's a big confidence booster, especially for our rookies that have not had a win yet in the Olympics," added Cross-Battle, the first four-time Olympian in USA Volleyball history. "I think it will only get better."

Up next for Team USA is a match on Wednesday versus the Dominican Republic.

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