Her kills whiz past opponents like Roger Clemens' fastballs and are as deadly as Michael Jordan's jumpshots, and her smile on the court almost never stops.
She's helped Highland High win two-straight state volleyball titles. She's won a gold medal in Mexico with the USA Junior National Team and helped the USA Women's National Team qualify for the upcoming World Volleyball Championships. She has a strong chance of making the 2000 Olympic team and is considered a lock for 2004.For Logan Tom, the volleyball world is virtually at her fingertips, but she's trying her best to keep its pressure at arm's length. The last thing she wants is for the game she loves to become a full-time job, for now anyway.
The 6-foot-1 senior with Gabrielle Reece looks and the game to match just wants to live as normal a teenage life as possible. The 24-hour-a-day volleyball world can wait. She'd rather hang out shopping with her friends and chatting about the season premiere of Ally McBeal than spend hours on end getting floor burns working on pancake digs.
"In high school the focus is to have fun," said Logan. "I don't want to take (volleyball) too seriously. I'd have a nervous breakdown."
When USA Volleyball officials asked her two summers ago to train in Colorado Springs with the women's national teamfor a month, she jumped at the chance. The offer was a surprise since she'd only started playing volleyball in 8th grade.
But when they asked her last year and again this year to move to Colorado Springs to go to school and train, Logan kindly said "no thanks."
"I don't think I'm ready for that much volleyball," she said. "If I went down there it would be school, train, eat and sleep. I'm not sure but I don't think I'd have the time to do anything outside of that. I think I'd be too tired."
While her volleyball skills have college and national team coaches salivating, her sparkling 4.0 GPA is even more impressive, considering the fact she missed more than a month of school while playing with the women's national team this past January.
"I just do the work," Logan answered matter-of-factly, claiming no secret study tactics or photographic memory in aiding her academic pursuits. "It seems like (volleyball) would, but it doesn't take up that much time in high school."
"She's always studied a lot and done her homework, so I think her study skills are sunk in by this point," added Logan's mom, Kris, who moved to Utah with her daughter Logan and older son Landon almost 10 years ago.
For a girl who plays volleyball almost year-round, Logan avoids the burnout phase by adding some variety to her schedule. An athlete from the time she was playing soccer at age 5, Logan will be resuming her Highland basketball career this winter, javelin and shot put throwing in the spring, and is pondering a tryout with the water polo team.
She does the same thing with her school schedule, mixing in a ceramics class this quarter to go along with AP English, AP calculus, chemistry and humanities courses.
"Logan has been very good at monitoring her ability to play as much volleyball as she can without going into a burnout or getting to the point where it's a job instead of being fun," said Kris. "She's very aware and very concerned that if she is going to play volleyball for a long time she needs to keep it at a level where it's enjoyable."
In a world where parents are becoming more demanding of their child athletes, Kris is almost the opposite, trying to keep the pressures away and allowing Logan to make her own decisions. She's as eager to point out the clock that Logan made in junior high that sits on the china cabinet in the kitchen of their home as she is the trophies, medallions and magazine covers that praise her daughter's athletic abilities.
"I've got the final say," said Logan about moves that involve her. "(Mom) helps me with the decisions like giving me what she thinks are the pros and cons and then I have to make it."
"Yeah, that's about exactly how it goes," added Kris. "I do things like go to school and talk to counselors . . . see if a decision is possible from our end and if it would work at all. Then, if Logan makes the decision to go, she works with the teachers. She picks up the ball and carries it through."
Of course, the biggest decision Logan hopes to make within the next two months is which college to attend. After receiving enough recruiting material in the mail to almost require her own zip code, Logan finally narrowed down her list to five finalists - Penn State, Nebraska, USC, Stanford and UCLA - four of which are currently ranked in the top 10 in the latest volleyball polls.
She's already taken official visits to UCLA and Penn State and will visit the other three schools within the next month.
"The sooner I tell everyone the better," said Logan. "It's an extremely hard decision."
"I don't want distance to be a factor in her decision," said Kris, adding that she's already preparing herself for the time when both her children will move away from home. "That is outweighed by what school is best for her. What I really want for Logan is to be happy and successful."
As for the Olympics, Logan thinks that 2004 is more of a reality than the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.
"The Olympics sound pretty good . . . (but) I don't think (2000) is possible for me. I don't think I'll be ready," said Logan. "(USA Volleyball) might think so but I don't."
What sounds most appealing to Logan though, is making a living playing pro beach volleyball in the future.
"You get paid a lot, you're out in the sun, you get a tan, you are on the beach and you get to travel. It sounds like a lot of fun. A big vacation for a job. I wouldn't mind that."
Despite all the publicity and accolades she's received, however, neither Logan nor Kris has yet to sit down and really ponder all that's happened in just the past three years.
"Logan just takes it in stride. She figures that if they want her to come to (Colorado Springs) it's because she can play at that level, so that's comforting," said Kris.
"I really don't think about it much," added Logan, still amazed at all the fuss made about her. "It's just a game."
And she'd like to keep it that way.