U.S. women end on winning note in WUG volleyball

Audriana Fitzmorris scored seven points for the U.S. Photo by Al Chang/

Stanford senior Audriana Fitzmorris recorded seven kills to help the U.S. women's national collegiate volleyball team beat Switzerland 25-21, 25-20, 25-9 on Thursday to place ninth at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.

Cardinal junior Meghan McClure added four points for the Americans, who finished competition with a three-match winning streak. Stanford grad student Madeleine Gates, a transfer from UCLA, added three points.

Madeleine Gates/UCLA Athletics
"I'm really pleased with the last impression this team gave in the tournament," U.S. coach Keegan Cook said. "It would have been easy to be upset about a tough pool and not play tough, but that was one of our cleanest matches that we've played, especially that third set. Every player contributed, every player scored, and there were lots of big moments throughout the match."

The Americans scored 41 points on 78 swings, good for a .526 scoring percentage, and saw nine different players tally at least two kills. Outside hitter Kara Bajema led the way with 10 kills in just 13 attempts for an efficiency mark of .692, and Kylie DeBerg was even more efficient, tallying her five kills in six tries.

"We didn't let any balls hit the ground, and we really were scrappy and communicated a lot to each other, which we struggled with sometimes in previous games," DeBerg said. "We all wanted to win and we all wanted to end on a good note. The last set was really good. We started off strong and didn't let up until the set was over."

Men's volleyball

The U.S. dropped a 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 decision to Switzerland in a classification match on Thursday. Stanford junior Kyler Presho had eight points for the Americans, including three blocks.

The U.S. plays Chile on Friday in the semifinals of the 13-16 grouping.

Women's tennis

Stanford senior Emily Arbuthnott, representing Great Britain, downed Japan's Kanako Morisaki 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the singles tournament.

Arbuthnott, who improved to 4-0, meets China's Eudice Chong in Friday's semifinals.

Men's basketball

Stanford junior Isaac White scored five points and had three rebounds as Australia beat Israel 86-69 to earn the bronze medal on Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Volleyball

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