The U.S. girls’ youth national team lost to Belarus, 25-20, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20, on Sunday during pool play of the biennial FIVB Women’s U18 World Championship at Santa Fe, Argentina.
The Americans, now 0-2, will face Brazil on Monday and conclude pool play versus Mexico on Tuesday. Belarus is 3-0 in the pool, having lost just one set.
Logan Eggleston led the Americans with 20 points as she hammered 16 kills on 50 attacks to go with three aces and a block. Madison Horin totaled five blocks, three kills and two aces for 10 points.
Mica Allison, who was a sub in the first two sets before starting the final two, contributed four kills and three blocks for seven points. Taylor Landfair totaled six kills on 13 swings as she started the final two sets after being a sub in the first two sets.
Nicklin Hames provided two aces, one block and one kill from her setter position. Holly Campbell turned in two kills, one block and one ace for four points. Kendall Kipp, who started the first two sets, scored two kills and a block. Madison Williams and Madi Kubik rounded out the scoring with a kill apiece.
Libero Brooke Nuneviller was credited with 11 excellent receptions on 20 chances to go with 11 digs. Landfair secured seven digs and seven excellent receptions on 16 chances in the match.
The U.S. converted 28.6 percent of its attacks into points, but 26 attack errors limited its hitting efficiency to .079 (36-26-126) for the match. Hames was credited with nine running sets on 102 total set attempts.
In contrast, Belarus converted 36.5 percent of its attacks into points with a .175 hitting efficiency (46-24-126).
The U.S. held a 12-5 block advantage a slim 8-7 margin in aces, but 38 errors was too much to overcome in the end. Belarus, which committed just 22 errors for the match, managed a 46-36 edge in kills.