Stanford sophomore Kathryn Plummer and California freshman Milica Mirkovic earned the bronze medal Sunday, beating Italy's Gaia Traballi and Ester Maestroni, 21-7, 21-19, in the third-place match of the U21 World Championships in Nanjing, China.
Plummer and Mirkovic needed just 12 minutes to win the first set before things got much tougher in the second set.
In the second set, Traballi and Maestroni took a lead at 15-14 but the Americans pulled ahead at 18-17 and the match swayed back and forth.
Plummer and Mirkovic broke a 19-all tie with the final two points, earning their second straight bronze.
Plummer and Mirkovic won a bronze medal at the FIVB Under-19 Beach World Championships last year in Lanarka, Cyprus.
They won that match in straight sets, 21-10, 21-15, over Brazilians Vitoria De Souza Rodrigues and Ana Carolina de Almeida Costa.
In 2014, Plummer was the FIVB U-17 Beach World Championship's Most Outstanding Player on her way to a gold medal.
A year later, she became the only player in history to win a FIVB World Championship medal in both indoor and beach by helping the United States capture silver at the U-18 World Championships.
Last year she was named AAU Beach Player of the Year.