The U.S. youth national volleyball team suffered its first loss of the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship, falling to Egypt, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 on Tuesday in Bahrain.
The U.S. (3-1) finished second in Pool A and will play Brazil (2-2), the third place team in Pool B, in the round of 16 on Thursday.
“We tried to fight hard,” U.S. coach Sam Shweisky said. “We will now look at the video and try to improve.”
The U.S. led Egypt in kills (53-49), blocks (13-8) and aces (6-3). But Egypt scored 34 points off U.S. errors, while giving up 19. Egypt also led in digs (27-18) and in excellent receptions (47-36).
U.S. opposite and future Stanford freshman Jaylen Jasper led all scorers with 23 points on a match-high 21 kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Devin Joslyn added 15 points on 11 kills, three blocks and one ace.
Middle blocker Kyler Presho, also headed to Stanford this fall, finished with a match-high four blocks while middle Sam Lewis and Joslyn each had three. Presho and Lewis each finished with two aces.
"All these teams that we faced so far were a test, but from now on, we know that every team is going to be good," U.S. captain Joel Schneidmiller said. "We need to be prepared.