Incoming Stanford freshman Kendall Kipp recorded five points, including four kills, as the U.S. women's junior national volleyball team fell to Japan, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20, in the second round of the U20 World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Tuesday.
Logan Eggleston added 11 points, all on kills, for the Americans (2-2), who need to finish among the top two in Pool F to advance into Saturday's semifinals. The U.S. meets Poland at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"Our young American players have never seen an offense like Japan's," U.S. coach Jerritt Elliott said. "I thought Japan's serving was relentless and put a lot of pressure on us and got us a little bit anxiety to force plays so we made a lot of errors. We didn't do a very good job of blocking in terms of alignments and giving our ourselves opportunities. Against a team like Japan you have to be low error and execute at a high level, pass the ball and take advantage of their size. We didn't do that."
Middle blocker Heather Gneiting agreed.
"Japan is a different team than we have ever played," she said. "I think we had to problem solve, and we problem solved a little too late. We have to do it faster and move on to the next ball."
Kipp entered as a sub in the second set and started the third set. She recorded a .667 hitting percentage.