U.S. men advance into quarters of Pan American Cup

James Shaw attacks from the back row. Photo courtesy of NORCECA.

Recent Stanford graduate Kyle Dagostino recorded a team-high 15 digs and the U.S. men's Pan American volleyball team swept the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 inside the Multifunctional Auditorium in Colima, Mexico on Tuesday on the final day of group play for the NORCECA Pan American Cup.

Opposite Kyle Russell scored 16 points on 13 kills and three aces to lead the Americans, who advanced into Wednesday's quarterfinal round against an opponent to be determined.

"It was a great balance back after yesterday’s tough loss to Chile," Russell said. "We regrouped really nicely to play USA volleyball."

Colton Cowell added seven kills, three aces and a block for 11 points and Samuel Holt added 10 points as the U.S. went 2-1 in Pool C, behind Chile.

"Dominican Republic is a physical team and you can’t take them lightly, just as every team in this tournament," Russell said. "We served and passed real well today, maybe our passing was a little shaky but we were able to keep it on our side of the net."

The U.S. recorded 13 aces to the Dominican Republic's five. The Americans also led in kills, 39-35, and blocks, 9-3.

"We made some adjustments that gave us good results," U.S. coach Milan Zarkovic said. "This is a good message for our organization and our volleyball because they showed better quality and have a chance to compete against with the strongest teams here."

Former Stanford All-American James Shaw was limited to the third set and recorded a pair of kills. Shaw is making the transition from setter to opposite.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/NORCECA

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