Former Stanford All-Americans James Shaw and Kyle Dagostino are among the 14 players with the U.S. men's Pan American Cup volleyball team that begin play Sunday in Colima, Mexico.
Dagostino spent a weekend playing libero with the U.S. men's national team in Russia, helping the Americans start a three-match winning streak.
The U.S. opens play against Guatemala at 9 a.m. and will also meet Chile and the Dominican Republic during group play. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday.
Shaw, a Woodside resident who attended St. Francis before playing at Stanford, was a three-time All-American and was named the nation's top setter as a senior by Off the Block. He was also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year.
He's been part of the U.S. national program since 2010 and has played in the FIVB World Championships, FIVB Boys Youth World Championships and the Under-19 Pan American Cup.
The U.S. national team is in a position to clinch a berth into the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final Six and a chance to defend its title when it travels to Ekaterinburg, Russia for the final week of Volleyball Nations League preliminary play.
The world No. 3 ranked Americans (9-3, 27 points) are currently in fourth place in the VNL behind Italy, Turkey and Brazil.
Team USA meets host Russia (3-9, 10 points) on Tuesday at 7 a.m., Netherlands (4-8, 13 points) on Wednesday at 4 a.m. and Thailand (4-8, 13 points) on Thursday.