MAY 25, 1981


Born in Napa, California, but raised in Utah, Tom set Utah high school records for killshots.  Also All-state in basketball, she graduated 1st in her class.  At Stanford University, her volleyball (VB) awards included: American VB Coaches Association (AVCA) and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1999); Gatorade VB Player of the Year (POY) (1999); 4-time 1st Team All-American; National VB POY (2001 & 2002); Honda Award (2001 & 2002), Pac-10 VB POY (2001 & 2002), and NCAA Women’s VB Championship Most Outstanding Player–her team was 2001 National Champ.  The youngest woman ever named for the USA Olympic VB team at 19 (2001), Tom was in 4 Olympic Games (2000-12), won 2 silvers (2008 & 2012), and was “Best Scorer” (2008).  Turning pro in 2003, Tom played for teams in 6 countries; earned AVP Beach VB Rookie of the Year (2006); Best Receiver (2010 World Championship); Best Server award and gold medal (2011, NORCECA Championship).  In October 2013, Tom entered the Stanford University sports Hall of Fame.

Source:  "Stanford's Tom is Player of Century in women's volleyball," Sports, Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online, 10/27/2015.  Retrieved 4/21/2020, century-in-womens-volleyballWikipedia
Photo:  Naa, 8/15/2008.  Permissive Use.

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