United States rallies to beat Australia in World Games finale

The United States ended its World University Games with a victory and another big offensive performance from former Lewis All-American outside attacker Greg Petty.

Petty finished with a match-high 21 kills as the United States rallied to beat Australia 32-30, 24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11 on Saturday in South Korea to conclude the international tournament in 17th place.



This was the second consecutive match that Petty had more than 20 kills for the United States. The outside attacker also led all players with five aces against Australia.

Petty was one of three U.S. players in the victory to finish with double-digit kills. UC Irvine outside attacker Kyle Russell had 15 kills, while UC Irvine middle attacker Jason Agopian added 10 kills.

UC Irvine and Australian outside attacker Thomas Hodges in the loss had 15 kills.

The United States out-blocked Australia 13 to 9 — including Agopian, Stanford middle attacker Kevin Rakestraw and former Princeton opposite Cody Kessel each having a match-high three blocks.

This was the second time that the United States defeated Australia during the World University Games. The United States in the group-play stage of the international tournament beat Australia in five games.