Injured U.S. squad loses to China in World Championship consolation quarterfinals

The second-round woes continued for the United States after already being eliminated from medal contention at the FIVB U19 World Championship.

An injury-plagued U.S. team despite an opening-game overtime victory lost to China 26-24, 20-25, 27-29, 25-20 on Friday in Bahrain for its third consecutive loss at the international tournament.

With this loss, the United States is relegated to the 13th-place semifinals. This came a day after France swept the United States in the Round of 16 to drop the United States to the consolation bracket.

The United States (3-3) in the loss was without multiple players because of injuries, including Ohio State libero Parker Mikesch and Loyola opposite Devin Joslyn.

UC Irvine outside attacker Joel Schneidmiller led the United States with both 13 kills and three blocks.

This was the sixth straight match to open the tournament that Schneidmiller had double-digit kills. In addition, Schneidmiller entered the match in the tournament’s top 10 with 82 kills.

Along with Schneidmiller, UC Irvine commit outside attacker Jonny Bowles had nine kills and outside attacker Jerod Nelsen contributed eight kills.

Bowles also contributed a team-high three aces against China (2-4).

China, though, finished the match with nine aces — two more aces than the United States.

Opposite Chao Wang was one of three Chinese players to have three aces versus the United States. Wang also had a team-high 12 kills to help China end its four-match losing streak.

China had three players with double-digit kills and had a better offensive efficiency than the United States at 44.09 percent to 41.90 percent. However, Charleston setter Chase Johnson in his first start of the tournament had a match-high 16 excellent sets.

USC outside attacker Brandon Browning also making his first start at libero led the United States defensively with 11 digs.

The United States will attempt to end its losing streak as it plays Puerto Rico (1-5) on Saturday with the winner advancing to the 13th-place finals.

This will be the second meeting between the two teams during the tournament. The United States beat Puerto Rico in four games in the opening round.