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Logan Tom : biography

May 25, 1981 -

Logan Maile Lei Tom (born May 25, 1981) is an American indoor volleyball and beach volleyball player. She is a four-time Olympian at the outside hitter position. At age 19, Logan became the youngest woman ever to be selected for an American Olympic volleyball team when she made the 2000 Games in Sydney. She is a skilled all-around player who brings stability to the American serve receive and defense, while also providing the team with a solid attack and block at the net. She has been a huge part of the national team for many years. In Beijing, Tom helped Team USA win a silver medal and was named Best Scorer.

Stanford

Tom attended Stanford University from 1999 to 2002 but did not graduate with her class. She left Stanford 50 units shy of completing her major in International Relations in December 2002, her last term of collegiate athletic eligibility.http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/012303aaa.html

1999 (freshman)

Tom was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Pac-10 National Freshman of the Year and became only the fourth volleyball player in NCAA history to receive AVCA First Team All-America honors as a true freshman. She led the Cardinal and ranked second in the Pac-10 in both kills (4.63 kpg) and service aces (0.45 sapg) and ranked second on the team in digs (2.73 dpg). She finished with a total of 472 kills, while also adding a .320 attack percentage (#8 Pac-10) and a 0.94 block per game average.

She was named the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team after having 29 kills in the NCAA semifinal match against defending national champion Long Beach State. Her squad finished as NCAA runners-up to Penn State.

2000 (sophomore)

Tom missed a month and a half of the season while playing on the U.S. national volleyball team in the 2000 Olympics. She was named an AVCA First Team All-American. For the year, she averaged 5.86 kills, 3.20 digs, 0.41 service aces and 0.86 blocks per game and hit .350 for the season. She notched double figures in kills in 16 consecutive matches.

2001 (junior)

Tom was named the AVCA National Player of the Year, in addition to being named the Honda Award winner for volleyball, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and her third consecutive First Team All-America honor. She averaged 5.09 kills, 0.54 service aces, 3.49 digs and 0.90 blocks per game and played in 122 games (35 matches). She recorded 10 or more kills in 50 of 51 matches, dating back to the 2000 season and notched a double-double in 25 matches.

She was named the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Most Outstanding Player after leading her team to the 2001 National Championship over top ranked and previously undefeated Long Beach State as she had 25 kills, 12 digs and five blocks against the 49'ers after having 22 kills and five blocks against Nebraska in the NCAA semifinal.

2002 (senior)

She was named the AVCA National Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and become the third player in NCAA history to be named a First Team All-American for four consecutive years. She was the Honda Award winner for volleyball for the second year in a row and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

She averaged 4.89 kills, 0.34 service aces, 3.28 digs, 0.82 blocks and 5.81 points per game and finished off her career with 1,939 career kills and is the all-time leader at Stanford surpassing Kristin Klein (1,909) and is third all-time in the Pac-10. Her 171 career service aces ranks second on in Stanford history and third in the league . She averaged 5.02 kills per game for her career which ranks second all-time in the conference record books.

She was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team for the third time in her four years at Stanford, as she had 16 kills, 13 digs, four aces and four blocks in Stanford's losing effort to USC in the National Championship match.

Olympic and international career

Tom's very first professional appearance was with the Brazilian team, MRV/Minas of the Brazil Superliga, on January 18, 2003, exactly two weeks after signing with them, on January 4, 2003.

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