Youth world volleyball teams fall in Argentina, Bahrain

USA coach Jim Stone discusses strategy. Photo courtesy of FIVB.

Defending world champions Italy defeated the U.S. girls’ youth national team, 25-7, 25-16, 25-15, in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship in Rosario, Argentina on Friday.

Italy (6-0) advances to the semifinals Saturday against the winner of the Germany and Turkey match. The U.S. (3-3) will face the loser of that match in the 5th-8th place bracket Saturday.

The Italians held an advantage in blocks (11-2), aces (14-1) and opponent errors (22-10). The U.S. had difficulty today passing and receiving serves.

Italy had five aces in the first set and seven in the third. Outside hitter Madi Kubik led the U.S. offensive attack with 10 points, 10 kills on 28 attempts. Opposite Mica Allison and outside Logan Eggleston chipped in five points each.

Menlo School junior Selina Xu recorded an ace for the Americans.

“Italy is one of the best teams in the tournament, if not the best," USA libero Brooke Nuneviller said. "If we want to be like that we have to play our best, together as a team, and at first we were playing more individually instead that as a team, so we need to work really hard to be like that. I definitely think we could have played better, but you have to make things perfect against a rival like Italy.”

U.S. boys youth

China defeated the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team today in Bahrain at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship, 24-26, 25-20, 29-27, 25-20.

The Americans (3-3) will play Puerto Rico (1-5) tomorrow at 6p ET in the 13th-16th place classification.

“I thought we came out with a lot of energy,” said coach Sam Shweisky. “The bench was really fired up. Guys came out fired up, played a great first set. As China started to make some adjustments in the second set, I think our energy waned a little bit and we got into a tight match.

Outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller scored 16 points with 13 kills on 32 attempts, plus three blocks. The U.S. led the match in kills 44-41 and blocks 9-8. There was definite improvement at the net from the France match; more intensity on the block.

Opposite Jonny Bowles scored 13 with nine kills on 26 attempts, one block and three aces. Middle Daniel Matheney, who started this match, had eight points with six kills in six attempts, plus two blocks.

— USA Volleyball

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