Stanford incoming freshman Merete Lutz recorded eight kills and a team-high five blocks to help the U.S. women's junior national volleyball team beat Mexico, 29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22, on Monday for its first win in Pool C of the FIVB U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.
The Americans lost to Russia, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, on Tuesday, the final day of pool play.
The U.S. finished fifth in the five-team pool and will compete in the 17-20 classification bracket. Team USA will face Thailand on Friday.
Russia built a 12-5 advantage in the opening set and used four aces to capture the first set 25-18.
Russia started the second set with a 4-0 lead, but used a 7-0 run late to establish a 22-12 advantage en route to a 25-14 victory.
The U.S. battled back from a 10-6 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 12-all, but Russia broke a 15-all tie with 5-0 run in closing the match with a 25-20 victory.
Lutz came off the bench to lead the U.S. in scoring with 13 points via seven kills and a match-high six blocks. Stanford sophomore-to-be Jordan Burgess added 10 kills and an ace for 11 points. Stanford incoming freshman Kelsey Humphreys recorded a kill and was credited with 19 running sets and a team-high six digs.
Against Mexico, the U.S. won the opening set 29-27 after 20 ties and seven lead changes.
Mexico used a 4-0 run in the second set to take a 16-11 advantage and went on to win 25-19.
The Americans overcame a 17-14 deficit in the third set and reach set points at 24-22, but needed to win the final three points to win 27-25 after Mexico went up 25-24.
Team USA overcame a 17-15 deficit in the fourth set to take a 20-18 advantage, but need three straight Mexico error to break a 21-all tie en route to a 25-22 victory.
"It was a great team effort and win," U.S. coach Rod Wilde said. "We made some good adjustments during the match that helped us win some of the big points at the end of the close sets. We stayed aggressive and got some significant play from the bench. We have the opportunity to place ourselves in a good position if we can win tomorrow against Russia. It is good to have control over our own destiny."
Stanford sophomore-to-be Jordan Burgess collected 12 kills on 44 attacks in the victory, while Cardinal recruit Kelsey Humphreys, who started at opposite before transitioning to setter in the third set, totaled six kills on 17 attacks and an ace for the U.S.
Burgess added 12 digs and 33 excellent receptions on 34 attempts while Humphreys added six running sets on 47 attempts.
"I think we fought harder and played together better today," Burgess said. "It was fun to play in a close match and win"
Andie Malloy led the United States with 17 points on 15 kills and two aces. Chanell Clark-Bibbs added nine kills on 19 attacks and four blocks for 13 points.
Team USA held slim advantages in kills (54-50) and aces (4-3), while Mexico netted a 15-10 margin in blocks.
Both teams committed a high number of errors with 32 by Mexico and 31 by the U.S. The Americans produced 66 digs to Mexico 55.