Ohio State opposite powers U.S. past Suriname at Pan Am Cup

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Opposite Jacob Pasteur delivered his best performance so far at the Pan American Cup to ensure the United States is moving out of group-play.

The Ohio State sophomore had both a match-high six aces and 13 kills on .647 attack percentage as the United States swept Suriname 25-14, 25-11, 25-14 on Sunday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to clinch a semifinal berth.

The United States (3-1, 17 points) finished with a tournament-high 12 aces and had one more ace than service errors against Suriname. Pasteur was one of three U.S. players with multiple aces in a sweep that took less than 70 minutes.

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Setter Kevin Kauling had two aces and guided the U.S. offense to a .391 attack percentage.

Along with Pasteur, UCLA outside attacker Ethan Champlin had nine kills and UC San Diego outside attacker Kyle McCauley added six kills while hitting .385.

The United States limited Suriname (0-4, 0 points) to a negative-.034 attack percentage and out-blocked the team 7 to 3. UCLA middle attacker Merrick McHenry led all players with four blocks to help the United States become the third team to secure a spot in the semifinals.

The United States will conclude group-play against first-place Canada on Tuesday. If the United States wins the finale, it will earn the No. 1 seed for the semifinals.