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USA U20 women drop volleyball match to Japan at Worlds

 

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.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Volleyball

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