The U.S. women's national volleyball team set the stage for its biggest match of the year to date by beating Costa Rica, 25-20, 25-10, 25-8, at the Pan American Cup in Juarez, Mexico on Monday night.
The Americans and Brazil, both 4-0 in pool competition, meet Tuesday night. The winner moves directly into the semifinals while the loser will compete in the quarterfinals. Brazil is the world's No. 1 team.
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo contributed two kills and two blocks while Megan Hodge had 13 kills and an ace.
USA men's volleyball
The U.S. national team, ranked fifth in the world, opens the second stage of the FIVB World League Final Round against Russia at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland on Wednesday.
The Americans will also play Brazil and Cuba in pool play. The top two teams advance to the semifinals. The World League champion will take home $1 million.
The U.S. finished sixth in its last Super Final appearance in 2009 after winning the 2008 title.
Stanford grad Kerri Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor hope to get back to the medal stand at the 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam in Gstaad, Switzerland this week.
The duo finished fifth at last week's Stavanger event in Norway after finishing second in Rome and winning the Beijing Grand Slam.
Cardinal grad Matthew Fuerbringer and teammate Nicholas Lucena are entered in the main draw of the men's competition.
USAV girls' junior nationals
Paye's Black 16-1 completed Open Division play on a high note, recording a pair of victories to finish 13th overall at the Junior Nationals in Atlanta on Monday.
Paye's downed Skyline 16 RSB Royal, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13, to open the Flight 1 consolation round and came back to beat Laguna Bach 16 Hava, 20-25, 25-17, 19-17, in the final match.
Vision 16 Gold also won its final two matches, beating KJ 16 Baden, 25-21, 25-27, 15-11, and Omaha Wave 16 Reign, 15-25, 25-17, 17-15, to place 21st overall.
Mizuno Long Beach 16 Rockstar, seeded 16th, won the Open Division.
"It was amazing to have our play end on July 4," Mizuno's Frankie Shebby said. "We have been through a lot and we really came together and played our best on the court. We accomplished the dream and it is an amazing feeling."
Vision 16 Gold split its final two matches in the National Division to finish 22nd.