The youngest player ever to be selected to the US Olympic Volleyball Team (at age 19), Logan Tom has been setting records throughout her indoor career. She was named Rookie of the Year on the AVP Tour in 2006, but hasn’t played on the tour since 2007.
Instead the 6’1″ resident of Long Beach, CA has been focusing on her indoor game. Tom helped the US women take silver in the Beijing Olympic games, where she was named Best Scorer.
But let’s back up a little bit to Logan Tom’s high school years. Saying that she was an over-achiever is a bit of an understatement. In addition to setting her Utah high school’s record for career kills (which has only been passed by one player even though the school has since transitioned to a 5-game match), Tom was also an all-state selection in basketball, placed third in the state in javelin her senior year, held a 4.00 GPA and graduated first in her high school class.
After being that girl in high school that seemed to be good at everything, Tom attended Stanford University. Her freshman year she was named the Pac-10 and AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Freshman of the Year; she was only the fourth volleyball player in NCAA history to receive an AVCA First Team All-American selection as a freshman.
Her sophomore year (2000) was the same year she was named to the Olympic squad, which forced her to miss about six weeks of her volleyball season. Although she returned to the Stanford team without a medal (the US team finished fourth in Sydney), she earned AVCA All American honors for the second year.
Stanford took home first place in the NCAA tournament her junior year and second place her senior year (they lost to USC in the championship), and Tom added two more AVCA All American selections, two Pac-10 player of the year honors, and two Honda Awards to her ever-growing list of accolades.
Since leaving Stanford Tom has played in two more Olympics, on several professional international teams, and in dozens of international tournaments as part of the US National Team. Her professional international career includes a season with MRV/Minas of Brazil, Monte Shchiavo Jesi of Italy, Bigmat Karakoll Chieri of Italy, Volero Zurich of Switzerland, Club Voleibol Tenerife of Spain, Dinamo Moscow of Russia, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan and Asystel Novara of Italy.
She also earned Best Scorer, Best Server and MVP honors while playing in the FIVB Grand Prix in 2004.
Some may also remember her bikini photo spread in 2004 as part of FHM’s series on Olympic female athletes. (For an intelligent take on that whole issue, this article on ESPN.com is an enjoyable read). Smart, beautiful and a world-class athlete — it hardly seems fair, does it?