U.S. loses to Egypt, remains winless at U21 World Championship

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The losing streak continues for the United States at the FIVB U21 World Championship.

The United States dropped its fourth consecutive match as it lost to Egypt 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 on Tuesday in Bahrain.

Egypt out-hit the United States .402 to .358, including hitting more than .500 in the final game of the victory. It also limited the United States to less than a .100 attack percentage in the opening game.

Despite the loss, the United States had three players with double-digit kills.


USC outside attacker Dillon Klein led the United States with 19 kills on a .438 attack percentage. Ohio State opposite Shane Wetzel contributed 13 kills and hit .429, while Princeton middle attacker Nyerovwome Omene had 10 kills.

Wetzel also had a team-high two aces against Egypt.

The United States, though, committed 20 service errors – eight more errors than Egypt.

Zyad Mohamed in the victory led Egypt with both 21 kills on a .531 attack percentage and two aces. In addition, Hamza Awad had 14 kills and hit .400 against the United States.

The United States entered this match already out of medal contention and was relegated to a second-round consolation pool after losing its first three matches.

The team will continue second-round pool-play with a match against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The Czech Republic defeated the United States in four games in their opening-round finale on Sunday.