June 7, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Brian Cook was named to the Volleyball Magazine All-America first team and teammates Steven Irvin and James Shaw received third-team honors, as announced by the publication this week.
Cook, a 6-foot-5 opposite hitter from Santa Cruz, Calif., was fourth in the nation with 4.01 kills per set while totaling 417 kills this season. Cook was a consistent performer with a total of six matches of 20-plus kills, including two season-highs of 24.
Cook now has received first-team honors from both recognized All-America teams in 2013, following his selection by the AVCA in April. He also was a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation choice.
Going into his senior season, Cook is among Stanford's top 10 in career kills (No. 6; 963) and digs (No. 10; 384) during the rally-scoring era.
Irvin received his first All-America honor by Volleyball Magazine. He already was named to the 2013 AVCA second team.
Irvin, a 6-5 junior outside hitter from Pacific Palisades, Calif., had 331 kills for a per set average of 3.31. In early February, he had a streak of three consecutive 20-kill performances, including a team season-high 27 kills with only four errors in 42 attempts, for a .548 hitting percentage in a five-set victory at Hawai'i on Feb. 1.
He followed with 22 kills against the Warriors the next night. Beyond his hitting, Irvin was a versatile player, leading the Cardinal in digs (183, 1.76) and aces (25, 0.24), and was second in kills. He tied a school all-time record with six aces in a match, against Cal Baptist.
Irvin is No. 8 in Stanford career kills (740) and No. 10 career service aces (53). The Volleyball Magazine honor is the first All-America selection in the collegiate career of freshman setter James Shaw. He was among only two freshmen to receive recognition on any of Volleyball Magazine's three 10-player All-America teams.
Shaw, a local product out of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., had earlier been named to the MPSF All-Freshman team.
Shaw, a season-long starter, had 1,027 assists, which puts him No. 5 in the school career assists list in the rally-scoring era.
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Erik Shoji '12 and Kawika Shoji '10 have been named to the U.S. squad for the World League, an annual competition of national teams. The Shojis will play for the full national team together for the first time tonight in Wichita, Kan., when the U.S. plays Argentina in the first of a weekend pair.
The matches will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on June 11-12, each at 9 p.m. PT on NBCSN.
The brothers of Honolulu combined for seven All-America honors at Stanford and teamed to lead the Cardinal to the 2010 NCAA title. Kawika, a setter, was the 2010 AVCA National Player of the Year and Erik, a libero, was the first to earn four first-team All-America honors from the AVCA.
Kawika made his U.S. national team debut in July 2012 at the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic, but this is his first major international competition for the senior national team. He spent the winter leading his German team, Berlin Recycling Volleys, to the Bundesliga championship.
Erik is making his U.S. national-team debut. He also has played on U.S. youth and junior national teams, including at the 2011 World University Games in China. He recently completed his first professional season, with CV Mitteldeutschland of the German Bundesliga.
The U.S. will play 10 matches in the World League opening round, including in Reno, Nev., on June 28-29 against Bulgaria at the Reno Events Center.
One other Stanford connection: four-time All-America Matt Fuerbringer '98 is a U.S. assistant coach.
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Stanford recruit Cole Fliers, a setter out of Palos Verdes High in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., was named AVCA second-team high school All-America.