Logan Tom is back with the U.S. women's national volleyball team, and Team USA is headed back to the Olympics, thanks in part to Tom's return.
Ranked No. 8 in the latest world rankings, the Americans swept Japan in Thursday's next-to-last day of competition in the 12-team FIVB World Cup in Nagoya, Japan.
With three Olympic berths at stake at the World Cup, the United States stands at 9-1 and is in sole possession of second place going into its finale against 10-0 Italy.
With the starting outside hitter Tom logging a tied-for-team-high 13 kills, the United States clinched a berth in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with the win over tournament host Japan.
A Salt Lake City native and former Highland High standout, Tom has been absent from USA Volleyball since the 2004 Olympics, when the Americans finished fifth at the Athens Summer Games.
She was a teenage media darling of NBC's Olympics coverage of the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, when the United States finished one spot shy of a bronze medal.
For the past three years, Tom has played professional beach volleyball on the AVP Crocs Tour in the United States and pro indoor volleyball overseas during beach's offseason. She is on tap to continue to play professionally for Club Dinamo Moscow in Russia.
She and libero Stacy Sykora rejoined the U.S. national team just prior to this month's World Cup, with the two-time Olympians giving a young squad additional leadership and veteran international experience going into the two-week tournament.Tom led the team in kills in most of the U.S. team's matches in the FIVB World Cup.