Stanford sophomore James Shaw saw action as a substitute in every set as the U.S. men's junior national volleyball team opened play at the FIVB Volleyball Men's Under-21 World Championship in Izmir, Turkey with a split of its first two matches.
The Americans opened with a 25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14 victory over Rwanda on Thursday and then fell to Serbia, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, on Friday.
The U.S. continues Pool C action on Sunday against Tunisia on Sunday.
Against Rwanda, the U.S. converted 63.41 percent of its attacks for points while limiting Rwanda to only 39.08 percent. The United States had the advantage in kills (52-34), blocks (10-4) and aces (10-5).
"I want to congratulate Rwanda for their good game," U.S. coach Pete Hanson said. "We were very emotional and had ups and downs during the game. I believe that we played good volleyball, but we have a lack of training. That's why we made some mistakes. We will improve as the tournament progresses."
Tom Jaeschke led all players in scoring with 19 points on 14 kills, four blocks and one ace in addition to seven excellent receptions. Shaw contributed two points on two aces.
Senior national team
The U.S. scheduled a pair of Red-Blue scrimmages, including Saturday's match at Concordia University in Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m., in preparation for the NORCECA Continental Championships later in September in Canada.
The Americans will also scrimmage at Tustin High School on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Both matches are open to the public, with tickets available at the door for $5.
Stanford grads Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji are scheduled to participate in Saturday's scrimmage.