LIMA, Peru - University of Oregon sophomore Lauren Plum and the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team lost a semifinal thriller to Brazil, 3-2, Saturday in the FIVB Women's Junior World Championships' penultimate day of action.

The U.S. team came back from an 0-2 deficit after 25-15 and 25-19 opening set losses. The Americans won the third and fourth sets by an identical score of 25-20, then narrowly lost the finale, 16-14.

Match-wise, Haley Eckerman led the U.S. squad in points (25) and kills (24), and other category leaders included Haleigh Hampton (4 blocks) and Natalie Hagglund (25 digs).

Plum started the first set at setter, while Hannah Allison started the final four sets, and they ended with four and 20 assists, respectively.

Team-wise, USA hit .345, compared with .335 for Brazil.

A complete press release and match stats from USA Volleyball is available by clicking here.

Looking ahead, the U.S. squad will play China for the bronze medal Sunday afternoon. Brazil will play for the gold medal afterwards against Italy who swept China, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, Saturday.

The Americans are seeking their first-ever medal in the event dating back to 1977, and is guaranteed to at least equal its best finish ever (fourth) from 2007.



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