Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 30, 2012

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OLYMPIC TUNEUPS . . . Current members of the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team are playing all over the world these days prior to reconvening and preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Among that group is a number of former Stanford players.Outside hitter Logan Tom is competing for Fenerbahce Universal of the Turkish League in 2011-2012. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce captured the CEV Champions League title with two victories over the weekend. Fenerbahce rallied past Russia's Dinamo Kazan 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 on March 24.

Tom had nine kills on 29 attacks to go with a block for 10 points. She handled 43 of the team's 79 service receptions with a 77 positive percent. In the gold-medal match, Fenerbahce overwhelmed RC Cannes 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 in 76 minutes. Tom contributed five kills on 17 attacks and four aces for nine total points. She added a 75 positive reception percent on eight chances. Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in 2011-2012. Krasnodar, which ended the regular season in fifth place with a 14-8 record, opened the Russia Super League 5-8 Playoff first final round robin with a 13-25, 19-25, 25-23, 35-33, 15-12 loss to Odintsovo on March 23. However, Krasnodar bounced back to defeat Proton 17-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 on March 24 and Torch 17-25, 25-9, 26-24, 25-18 on March 25. Outside hitter Kristin Richards is part of the Italian Serie A1 Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza squad. Piacenza won its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round best-of-three series over fifth-seed LIU-JO Modena with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 victory on March 20. Outside hitter Cynthia Barboza is competing for LIU-JO Modena of the Italian Serie A1 team. Modena, the fifth seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, lost its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round playoff to fourth-seed Rebecchi Nordmecaanica Piacenza with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 setback in the deciding third match on March 20. Barboza collected 16 points with 12 kills on 32 attacks and four blocks. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 52 of her team's 91 service receptions. Outside hitter Alix Klineman is competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A1. As the seventh seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, Pesaro lost its quarterfinal round best-of-three series to second-seed MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese after falling 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 on March 20. Klineman notched 19 points with 11 kills on 34 swings, five blocks and three aces. She added a 47 positive reception percent on 32 chances. Cassidy Lichtman is competing for BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala in the Poland Plus Liga. Bielsko-Biala finished in fourth place after being closed out 3-0 by TAURON MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in the best-of-five third-place series. In the second match of the series, Dabrowa came away with a thrilling 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13, 15-12 come-from-behind victory. Lichtman was a sub in all five sets, but did not score.

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