GOLD AND SILVER . . . Russia defended its FIVB Volleyball Nations League title with a 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory over the United States in the championship of the VNL Finals at Credit Union1 Arena in Chicago. Matt Anderson added 19 points, 18 of them kills, for the Americans (11-7, 2-1), who finished with silver after earning bronze in last year's inaugural season. Anderson was named MVP of the VNL Finals and three other players were named to the FIVB Dream Team: Micah Christenson was named Best Setter. Stanford grad Erik Shoji was named Best Libero and Max Holt was named Best Middle Blocker . . . Shoji, a former Stanford All-American, ranked 12th during the preliminary round with 1.24 digs per set. Shoji ranked sixth during the finals, averaging 1.56 digs per set . . . Stanford senior Kathryn Plummer contributed an ace to the United States 25-16, 25-21, 29-27 victory over the Dominican Republic in the gold medal match of the Pan American Cup in Trujillo, Peru on Sunday. The U.S. won its second consecutive World Cup and its seventh overall in the 18th edition of the event.
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